How do I know if my haylage is safe to feed

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    01-01-2011, 06:49 PM
How do I know if my haylage is safe to feed

For the first time ever I have bought a large bale of haylage to feed my horses because I couldn't get any hay. I know nothing about haylage apart from the fact I can't stand the smell of it. I opened it today and I can't decide if its ok. It looks like a big bale of mould to me. Very strong smelling, really quite wet and just looks mouldy. I read things about it can give horses colic or botulism so now am afraid to feed it! It was very tightly wrapped with no holes that I could see, any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks
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    01-01-2011, 07:00 PM
Unless it has big patches of fuzzy mold, it should be OK.
Haylage is supposed to be wet, dark, and stinky. Bit without photos I can't really tell you if it looks ok.
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    01-02-2011, 05:36 PM
Thanks, I unwrapped the whole bale today, one side looks mouldy but the other side is quite dry and looks quite nice I will probably just feed the bits im happy with. Thanks again.
    01-03-2011, 03:39 PM
Wet - no problem
Smelly - it is fermeted - no problem
Mold - is a problem

Remember, the entire bale should be fed VERY quickly - 3-5 days

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