questions about clover hay
I rearranged my pastures once again because our 26 yo was having a complicated time. So, I put him in the with 5 yo mare that is lowest in the pecking order. Because the 26 yo was having trouble eating the alfalfa/timothy hay we bought some clover mix hay off a local cattle farmer. I would say by looking at the hay it is 60% clover 40% orchard grass. Our 26 yo doesnt seem to be having any problems eating the hay and my 5 yo devours hers like its candy. I know clover runs very high in protien and it needs to be cured properly or the clover blooms tend to mold. So, far I have had absolutely no problems with this hay. I havent seen or smelled the slightest bit of mold in it. I was just wondering if anyone has anymore insight on feed hay this rich in clover.
We don't feed clover hay, but our pastures are probably more than half clover and we've never had any problems.
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Our hay gets hops clover and red clover depending on the time of year- its an orchard mix with fescue and clover. Our older horse and younger both do great on it.
As far as the mold goes- weve not had a problem with it molding- long as its dryed in the pasture before baled it shouldnt mold durring the curing process.. we bale up tight bales too. No loose strings here. ;-)
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