Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USDF Region 1, USEA Area 2, USEF Zone 3 - Maryland
We use one farmer about 10 miles from our house - the horses love his hay (Orchard Grass) but his bales are sooo light and the twine is very loose and always falls off. Since they're so loose we can only fit about 40 in our trailer and we end up feeding more to get the "poundage" right. But there is not a piece left when we throw that to them.
Another farmer we use near Pennsylvania - about 55 miles from here. His bales are TIGHT and heavy. We squeezed 60 into our trailer (2H BP). We just started feeding his bales a couple of days ago - the horses are wasting some of it. It looks and smells very nice, no mold. He cracked a few open for us when we picked it up, they were awesome. But, I've cracked a couple open here and there seems to be a lot of leaves in some of them (guess they were on the edge of the field).
One of our neighbors bales 3 fields in our neighborhood (yep, I live in a neighborhood with hay field - everyone has 5-30 acres). It smells and looks AWESOME, but I was concerned about mold because last time there was a lot of storms around cutting and baling time. This time I was watching the weather and it stayed dry, so we bought 50 from them. Haven't fed it yet, so don't know if it passes the taste test.
So major concerns - mold, debris, heft of bales.
-Melanie Mom to 3 bays: Beau, Daisy & Cavalina