Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
I feed round bales. We cut over 1,000 acres every year soooo we don't have to "pay" for it. We have fescue/bermuda/clover/mixed hay that are net wrapped. We do not store them under cover, sell it as cattle grade due to the fescue. We are SUPER careful with our hay and make sure it's dry, under 9% moisture before baling (pretty sure that's the %). It sets out to cure for a week or two, then hauled off where ever.
We keep our personal in rows that don't touch to keep the critters out of them. This weathers the sides but I'd rather do that than have an infestation, feces. I could be totally wrong, but any hay that is barn kept, stacked, touching has more infestation with mice hence the feces and the Botulism. I inspect each bale for rodent holes, mold, and we peel off the top and bottom layers before feeding, I've never given shots or had a problem. Our 600lb. bales last about 10 days for three horses free feeding. I probably loose around 50lbs. due to waste?
We have never had a mold problem, we are crazy responsible, almost insane, when cutting and baling the hay. Can't sell moldy hay! It's a huge part of our operation and if we lost a large crop we would be out $$,$$$!!!
Last edited by FlyGap; 12-29-2011 at 02:02 PM.