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.