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  • Is there anything wrong with last years hay if it is stored undercover
  • Can two people shove a large square bale of hay off of a truck

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    12-29-2011, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by mls    
I hope the link works.

The University of MN extension service conducted a round bale feeder study - these are the results -

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mls, are you talking about this article? http://www.extension.umn.edu/horse/c...round_bale.pdf

Interesting reading. They used that metal one from TSC in the boarding barn. I really like that square one with the cover, but I bet they should be pricey. (in my case I don't have a place to store round bales anyway, so I'm bounded to square ones )
     
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    12-29-2011, 12:22 PM
  #12
Weanling
My husband and I couldn't unload them. Thank God we have a big tractor. We pushed them off with the bucket and moved them to the leanto that way. :)
How much did your round bale weigh? $30 is tremendously cheap.

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Originally Posted by SueNH    
I use them when I can find dry ones that were either wrapped well or stored undercover. Not always easy to find. I'm getting some now and the savings is tremendous. There is a lot of waste but for $30 for a bale of hay that takes 2 adults to roll off the truck it's well worth it. The last 2 bales I brought home I had to tie a strap around them and to a tree to pull them off. A 21 year old man and I together couldn't shove them out of the truck bed. Nothing wrong with the hay at all. Smells sweet, looks green.
     
    12-29-2011, 12:24 PM
  #13
mls
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
mls, are you talking about this article? http://www.extension.umn.edu/horse/c...round_bale.pdf

Interesting reading. They used that metal one from TSC in the boarding barn. I really like that square one with the cover, but I bet they should be pricey. (in my case I don't have a place to store round bales anyway, so I'm bounded to square ones )

Yep!

I don't like those with the cover! I could see head - specifically ear and eye - injuries if the horse spooked and jerked it's head out quickly.
     
    12-29-2011, 12:25 PM
  #14
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When buying round bales you will want to ask the farmer if it was baled for cows or if it is horse safe. Cows can eat just about anything so there isn't a huge drive to get they hay in out of the elements (other then to cover it with a tarp) and sometimes it is baled damp. Horse quality round bales are kept dry and out of the elements and usually have more protein value.

If you put it out in the field I would suggest covering it but many people don't. If you put it on the side, they'll eat from the core and then they'll trample over and pee on the bad stuff. For two horses it will probably last about 10 days to maybe a month.

I actually by round bales because it's cheaper. I keep them in the barn and then peel them day and night and give them the feedings myself.

I would suggest getting a round of botulism shots though.
     
    12-29-2011, 12:32 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
The first thing my hay man asked when I inquired about roundbales was... Aren't you concerened with mold? Of course I said yes, and he said he keeps his outside. Do I need to purchase from someone that keeps their bales undercover?
Around here, the "horse quality" round bales are kept covered. But... do some research because round bales may not be the best option. With the hay shortage everyone around here went "I need round bales, round bales are cheap" and the price went through the roof on them while bales of other sizes stayed more reasonably priced.

My BO ended up with 3x3x8 bales of certified grass hay. It's a PIA to peel off the giant flakes and feed but it saves $$$ and the hay is better quality than any of the square or rounds she could find. I bought 4x4x8 bales of Timothy stacked them on pallets and covered with tarps. I personally go through my bales when I feed, basically the middles go to my horse and the edges go to my cows as the ones I bought have some wear/tear on the edges.
     
    12-29-2011, 12:38 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Thanks to all for your thoughts!! I think I will start earlier for next year and order round bales from my wonderful hay guys so I can get it and store it properly myself.
Funny thing, I have had horses all of my life , and in those 50 years I have never heard of Botulism shots. Of course I have never fed round bales though.
I am going to have to look those up.
     
    12-29-2011, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
Funny thing, I have had horses all of my life , and in those 50 years I have never heard of Botulism shots. Of course I have never fed round bales though.
I am going to have to look those up.
You and me both! My vet noticed I was feeding round bales when she was out doing shots. She was the one that mentioned I should get them.

Not sure if this link will work (it's from the clinic I use). The shots they suggest. Old Waterloo Equine Clinic

I think they only suggest botulism for folks feeding round bales.
     
    12-29-2011, 12:47 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I wasn't to worried about the hay shortage because I told my hay guy how many bales I would need till May, he said "no problem he would keep them for me". Then a friend went to pick up hay from her hay man, she had used for 14 years, the barn was empty, he sent every thing to Texas.
My hay guy said he would never do that to his customers, still makes me nervous. I am going to get all my hay this week. A bird in hand....
Everything around here is being shipped down south.
     
    12-29-2011, 12:52 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Farmpony that link is great I'm going to copy to to put in my barn book.
     
    12-29-2011, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by mls    
I don't like those with the cover! I could see head - specifically ear and eye - injuries if the horse spooked and jerked it's head out quickly.
True, didn't think about it. We have hand-made wooden rack attached to the fence. But as I said I feed square ones.
     

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