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  • Horse hay drought
  • How long to soak timothy pellets

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    07-23-2012, 01:48 PM
  #1
Weanling
Cool hay alternative

This drought has gotten me very concerned, I have spent a lot of time tracking down hay. I have enough to get in to the winter but not through the winter. Is there any thing else that can be used if we run out?
What's the deal with beat pulp & alf cubes..I have never used either. Making me nervous & I am a planner so I would like to be prepared
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    07-23-2012, 01:53 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I'm worried too.
     
    07-23-2012, 02:16 PM
  #3
Trained
Wish you luck. In the bad drought year we had in NC about 5 years ago, horse folks here had no choice but to truck in hay from up north (as far as Canada).
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    07-23-2012, 02:32 PM
  #4
Yearling
Last winter here sucked.
Hay was like 15-20 $ a bale.
My old mare was on senior feed.
Didn't eat hay much, her own choice. But with the feed apparently didn't have to.
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    07-23-2012, 02:36 PM
  #5
Green Broke
You are right to be concerned and it's good to be a planner and thinking ahead

If you have room, someplace that is temperature controlled and where the mice can't chew through the bags (I use the spare bedroom and have two cats in the house, you might consider buying up timothy/alfalfa cubes, timothy pellets, etc.

You could soak them and feed them, in a feed pan, in addition to your hay BUT cut your hay back a little bit, therefore stretching the hay a little further.

You'd have to sit down and do the math on how much of a trade-off the cubes or pellets are to replace a portion of the "real hay" so they still get enough forage into them.

I feed soaked timothy pellets mixed in with the supplements; none of my horses are on grain but they all get a vit/min supplement and two get things for insulin resistance.

It's going to be a really rocky ride not only for livestock owners this winter but humans as well.

Anyone can Google "United States drought map" and get their eyes opened pretty wide on any number of hits.

We're in a massive drought which, in turn means huge crop losses which, in turn means, rising prices if there's much of anything to raise the price on
     
    07-23-2012, 02:40 PM
  #6
Weanling
Hay last winter was terrible. $18 for a 100# bale... OUCH!
Luckily we're down to $12 for a 100# bale now, but if I were you I would stock up. Also invest in some Alfalfa Cubes, pellets, senior and beet pulp (not to be used as an alternative, but can replace up for 8lbs daily, I believe.) Stock up on as much feed as possible this way you always have a back up in case you run out. Maybe set up a plan now and start stocking up now so that you are prepared.
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    07-23-2012, 02:46 PM
  #7
Trained
Last year when you paid $200 for a crappy round bale and were happy to get it, I was feeding Purina's Omolene 400 and rationing my hay. Omolene 400 is designed to be a 'complete feed' so they claim you don't have to feed hay, but I think that horses need some hay for their mental health if nothing else. So, I feed the 400 as their main diet and gave them hay at night and let them out on 'pasture' to eat the round bale for 4 hrs/day. They came through fat & sassy. This year I bought my small squares back in May and and my big rounds in June and got them for "ONLY" $85 for the big rounds. I buy the 400 by the pallet and I'm stocking up now. I buy 1.5 pallets everytime I buy feed and pretty soon I'll have enough to get me through winter, regardless of whether we have rain again or not, and at this point it's looking like not.
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    07-23-2012, 04:17 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
You are right to be concerned and it's good to be a planner and thinking ahead

If you have room, someplace that is temperature controlled and where the mice can't chew through the bags (I use the spare bedroom and have two cats in the house, you might consider buying up timothy/alfalfa cubes, timothy pellets, etc.

You could soak them and feed them, in a feed pan, in addition to your hay BUT cut your hay back a little bit, therefore stretching the hay a little further.

You'd have to sit down and do the math on how much of a trade-off the cubes or pellets are to replace a portion of the "real hay" so they still get enough forage into them.

I feed soaked timothy pellets mixed in with the supplements; none of my horses are on grain but they all get a vit/min supplement and two get things for insulin resistance.

It's going to be a really rocky ride not only for livestock owners this winter but humans as well.

Anyone can Google "United States drought map" and get their eyes opened pretty wide on any number of hits.

We're in a massive drought which, in turn means huge crop losses which, in turn means, rising prices if there's much of anything to raise the price on
heading to the feed store now to see what they carry..gonna have to research how to combine but I am glad your kids did well
Just bought 10 bales of alfalfa at $9/bale ..feed mill put a limit to prevent brokers from taking the lot...can get another 10 on Thursday...whew this is one not to procrastinate on..ready, set, go (trying to keep some sense of humor) and yes our fresh veggies/fruits are already so expensive..winter is going to be a bear..gulp!

If anyone else has any ideas..I'm listening :)
     
    07-23-2012, 04:48 PM
  #9
Started
Figure out what you feed in a normal winter. What do you have squirreled away? How short are you? For every ton of hay you are short, you will need a ton of alfalfa or grass cubes or pellets, bp or other forage replacement. Doea your area grow barley? You can mix in barley straw, oat straw or hay, bagged chaffehay... Look are big bales and rounds.. Feed off the trailer if you can't move them. Start now to stretch the hay and make ot last until spring.
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    07-26-2012, 02:39 PM
  #10
Trained
Talk to your local farm supply store and see what they carry. If nothing else, 50 lb bags of alfalfa cubes store very well, and I fed them as a supplement to my not-so-good 2011 hay last winter.
I suggest that you start buying this NOW. My hay supplier is selling me 400 bales, 50-60-70 pound bales/alfalfa for $6.00/bale. Anybody who called after me is paying $8.00/bale, and it's expected to double by November.
IF you can get oat straw, your horses can eat that, too. A University of IL ag professor told me that his father would winter his Show Shires on this, so they can get enough nutrition from it. Hope this helps, and good luck! =D
     

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