I have a weird way of feeding. I feed round bales. I have 4 tons of hay inside my leanto. I have 2 big trash cans that I go fill up with grass and alfalfa. Then I wheel them over and keep them in the barn, feeding the horses from that. I can't open feed because of one of my horses so that's what I do.
I have found a WONDERFUL old farmer to get our hay from this year. Our girls absolutely love his hay (a nice orchard grass hay).
Once I brought Yahzi home, I decided to give one of his rounds a whirl and I don't think we'll ever go back. $35 for bales that are between 1000 and 1250. They ate EVERY LAST PIECE of their first one and we are picking up a new one this week (feeding squares in the meantime - they went through the last bit unexpectedly fast due to a small cold snap we had when they went on an eating binge). I was concerned about waste, but that was not an issue with our girls - they are too greedy to let hay go to waste.
I am paying $75 for a round bale for Bahia...Coastal is considerably more, still a decent price for this part of Texas right now....I keep trying to get husband to haul a truck load home from ND but he don't want to deal with it, don't blame him really..lol
As far feeding round bales never had a problem with mold, the outside is bleached from the weather from sitting outside in a stack yard, but they clean it up. I have always fed big bales, whether I fed with a tractor with a bale spinner or free feed in a feeder. I also have used the half ton square bales and pitched it.
If you ever had feed a few hundred cows with small bales everyday..you begin to despise them...I might be slightly biased.