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  • Round bale has a little bit of white mold
  • White mold in my round bales

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    09-26-2012, 05:10 AM
I live on a dairy farm, so I've always been taught that white mold is alright, but green/blue etc is definitely not.

White mold is just yeast forming, and horses will eat it just fine, however I prefer not to feed it anyway, if it is in a piece of haylage, I throw it out and forget the rest of the bale (I pick bits off the bales dad feeds to the cows anyway), because the bale has to be monitored carefully so as not to make my horse get the runs anyway.

In a bag of feed, if it is SMOOTH white "mold"(yeast), I will still feed it, if it is only a little bit. As soon as the feed starts to look gray from mold in the center, nah, its gone. I have noticed if I don't throw it out (eg if I leave it in the shed unfed) it goes all slimy and disgusting rather quickly.
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    09-26-2012, 05:49 AM
Soon after I got Brock I arrived at the stables one morning to find a leathery and very flat dead cane toad at the bottom of his manger. It had been in the biscuit of lucerne hay I'd given him the previous night - supposedly this isn't uncommon for QLD hay if they don't rake it before baling it. After that I changed feed supplier, broke biscuits up before feeding and always kept an eye out for unusual plants or objects in the hay.

The worst was when I would have a pile of bales and the rats would get into the bottom one, then the whole bottom bale would stink of rat pee and I'd have to chuck it. I always hoped I wouldn't find a floppy dead or decaying rat in amongst the hay (found one in the tackroom once, the rat bait made them disgusting).

My logic is: Brock's not fussy about food so I have to be fussy for him...
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    09-26-2012, 08:05 AM
Nope, won't feed mouldy hay. Not all the horses are fussy enough, and the dust is bad enough.
Depends on how long I have had it, if I would take it back to my supplier, otherwise I use it as mulch on my plants. With a dust mask if I am good.
    09-26-2012, 10:43 AM
I am picky. I get hay from the same supplier that is not the cheapest around, but very good quality. I also did lots of research on different grain/pellet feeds, so paying more for low starch/low sugar pellets (traditional sweet grains are much cheaper usually). Plus flax, sometime oil in winter, etc. :)
    10-02-2012, 04:00 AM
A horse is different than a cow and does not have four stomachs like a cow. They also don't "just pick the good stuff". They will eat the mold as well.
This past weekend I bought 5 round bales of hay, with a lot of timothy and fescue.
As I opened the first bale today, there was white mold. It was also so dusty it almost took my breath away. You can bet you bottome tomorrow I will return the hay for better ones. Never feed your horse moldy or dusty hay, unless you want a sever case of the heaves or colic, especially if there in the barn.
I also want to add theres a difference in dusty hay and moldy dust. Usually, all hay will have some dust, just because. When you have hay with mold spores or is really moldy and damp, the dust will stay in the air for a lot longer than just regular ground dust.
I was so mad when I opened that bale today. I had to get into my clover reserves to feed today.

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