Do you have to wait to feed newly bailed hay?

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Do you have to wait to feed newly bailed hay?

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        07-03-2013, 10:58 AM
    Do you have to wait to feed newly bailed hay?

    The farmer that rents some of my land was nice enough to bail up my 2 acres of pasture since my laminitic mare can't really mow it down right now. He cut it early Sunday morning, flipped it Tuesday morning and bailed it late Tuesday. It didn't even get a mist of rain. He got 125 bales and saved me a great deal of money.

    It's alfalfa and grass mix and smells fantastic. I looked at it in the field Tuesday morning and it was crispy dry.

    So, do I have to wait to feed it? Does it have to "cure"? I've never gotten "fresh" hay before. I have 4 bales of the last stuff left and was going to transition with them but then read I should wait a month to feed it.

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        07-03-2013, 11:01 AM
    It is cured on the ground before baling. No need to wait.
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