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post #1 of 12 Old 05-09-2014, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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TSC Standlee Compressed alfalfa bales of hay

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I keep seeing these wrapped compressed bales in TS. I wanted to try one and purchased it today. When I opened it I was startled because it was extremely dusty. I turned the green plastic bag on its side and slit that end open so its sitting in there like a feed bag. I pulled a flake out and it broke into pieces and fluffed up but lots of dust. I did put some in a bucket and decided to soak in water to kill the dust and my horse gobbled it up. Has anyone else used this product and found it to be dusty as well? Do you wet yours? Or did I just get an "off" bale?
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Mine eat it all the time. It's put through a shredder I think, but it's never dusty. Mine go through a "bale" every two weeks or so- as a treat with their grass hay. I don't like the texture for good gut cleansing hay, but the horses love it.
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Yeah, took an opportunity to take a shower with the horses today- yeah, that's the excuse I went with when I went on into Mains with wet hair mixed with hay. Really they insisted they eat and it was pouring!
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I occasionally get one that's a bit dusty. My horse LOVES that hay though. I can put one flake under a giant pile of hay and he will toss it all aside to get to the Standlee stuff.

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I used it when we had a severe shortage here and the grass I could get was total crap. It was very crumbly and dry, so a lot of really fine particles, but not actual dirt dust. I wasn't too enamored of it, especially for the price but the horses thought it was wonderful stuff. Heck, who doesn't love alfalfa?
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Hi everyone.
I keep seeing these wrapped compressed bales in TS. I wanted to try one and purchased it today. When I opened it I was startled because it was extremely dusty. I turned the green plastic bag on its side and slit that end open so its sitting in there like a feed bag. I pulled a flake out and it broke into pieces and fluffed up but lots of dust. I did put some in a bucket and decided to soak in water to kill the dust and my horse gobbled it up. Has anyone else used this product and found it to be dusty as well? Do you wet yours? Or did I just get an "off" bale?
Any kind of dusty feed should not be given to horses!
It sounds like what we call in Sweden for "Vinbarsmögel" its a white mold that grows on inplasted feed that was too dry in the packing process.
Inplasting is silage and depends on the right amount of moisture for the process too work, too little and you get the white mold I mentioned and too much you get a rotting process.
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I used it all winter and do not believe it is dust. It is fines from being schredded. Smells to nice to be dust.
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-10-2014, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Well I had a chance to examine it closer today. When I pull a chunk off, fine smokey dust particles waft into the air. It does not smell moldy at all, its possible it could be the dust particles of the hay from being shredded. I'll inquire next time I go to Tractor Supply. I did soak some, drain it and feed to horses since it didn't smell of mold (and I am sensitive to mold smells) and they ate it up, no problems afterwards. I have the capability of testing for mold too so I may send a sample and see whats in there just out of curiosity. Thanks for all of the replies :)
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