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    09-18-2013, 11:25 AM
Originally Posted by outnabout    
Anybody hear how much longer we have in this drought cycle? I've only heard a lot of hearsay, not information from valid scientific sources.
I get this little publication in the mail every week (for a few years now) and they are usually right on target. Expert: Cattle producers should plan for dought - The Eagle: Land & Livestock Post

I hope everyone has all the hay they need now since it will be scarce this winter and if it rains next spring like they say it will, it may be too wet to get the spring cut and people will really be needing some by then and I bet it will be pricey! Might want to stock up enough to last to May of next year.
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    09-18-2013, 11:55 AM
I've been bad, keep postponing buying mine. I'll just need 3-4 round bales, if that many. I guess I'd better break down and do it while I can. I have 20+ square bales, but like the round bales, so I can just take one out inthe pasture, to the feeder, and not have to bother with square bales daily. I'm lazy that way! Lol
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    09-18-2013, 12:16 PM
Those desserts were drool-worthy, CC.

Out of curiousity, how long does a round bale last and with how many horses, Nu? I can't believe how fast Cash and his 5 pasture-mates chow through one! I do not miss sourcing and loading/unloading hay.

TG - you're so quiet these days. Hope the new job is going well!
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    09-18-2013, 12:59 PM
The roundbales that we get (average about 1500 pounds) will usually last a little over a week for 8 average horses if there's no grass in the pasture. They last about the same with 5 drafts. If there is some grazing to be had, that might give us an extra 3-5 days.
    09-18-2013, 01:30 PM
A good way to determine how many roundbales might be needed is 1 round bale a month for every horse.
I have found that to be too many and like smrobs said depends on the size and type of hay.
Everyone needs to go out and buy rye grass seed NOW and broadcast it out in late Oct or early NOV. That will give the horses something to graze on and stretch out the hay you buy.
It has to be spread out before a good rain and will last until the heat returns next year.
Or buy alfalfa pellets or cubes and feed them in addition to grain and hay. Gotta soak them first.
Smrobs I want some of those 1500 pound round bales.... do you deliver? Shalom
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    09-18-2013, 01:33 PM
LOL, no, sorry. We get them from a supplier up here. He bales them himself and bales them tight. They are hard to handle even with the tractor because they make it front heavy. I've nearly tipped it over more than once because I hit a hole with a front tire while hauling one.
    09-18-2013, 01:48 PM
Green Broke
I'm actually kinda interested in trying out round bales, though I have no where to store them. I can store about 50 bales at a time and go through a bale every 2-2 1/2 days. So that means I can only store enough to last me about 3 months. :/ I'll be buying some next month and will have to figure out where to store enough to last me until at least March. We do have a storage unit at the storage place right behind our barn. The only thing I worry about is mold because the units smell musky and moldy already. Maybe I can store at my friend's barn in exchange for buying her some hay.... We shall see. I'm going to be broke buying so much hay LOL.

What are some do's and don't's about feeding round bales? Do you set them on their side or upright? Is it okay if it rains/floods on the bale?
    09-18-2013, 02:26 PM
Knock on wood, we've had plenty pasture, I just put the round bales out for extra if they needed it. 6 bales lasted me 2 winters, first winter was 2 horses, 2nd was 3 horses, when I got Lil. They'd just as soon eat grass than the bales.

We do have 70% chance of rain tomorrow night!
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    09-18-2013, 02:32 PM
Kayella, it's really best if you get some sort of roundbale feeder, either a slow-feeder net or a solid metal/plastic feeder to keep them from trampling and laying on the hay. As for whether it's better on end or on it's side, that depends on the horse. I usually feed mine in the pasture on it's side because Olen can't reach the top of the bale and has to try to eat through the netting. No bueno.

The only problem with it getting rained on is if it takes weeks for your horses to eat a single bale. If it gets rained on, then it is possible for it to mold before the horses eat it all.
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    09-18-2013, 02:50 PM
There are 18 horses at our barn plus 3 cows. The owner puts out round bales for his cows and it doesn't take long to wipe it out. He's going to pit his first one out for the season this week and we are starting a pasture rotation for the horses for multiple reasons. The first one being horses are getting hurt and we have to figure out who it is. The second is to help maintain grass, whats left of it. And lastly the boarders that just leave their horses out 24x7 and not take care of them, ugh.....Now they will not have a choice. Barn owner said like it or leave, he's an awesome guy:)
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