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post #1 of 14 Old 06-04-2019, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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How often do new hay shipments arrive at horse barns?

Is it unusual for "fresh cut" smelling hay to be around?
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This is usually the time of year fresh hay is being cut and purchased (depending on where you live I guess). How fresh it smells and how long is smells that way I would guess has to do with if there is a little bit of dampness within it still and how long it takes to completely dry out. And how long it was stored before you got it.
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-05-2019, 06:29 AM
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Your title of "How often do new hay shipments arrive at horse barns"...


Going to be totally dependent upon the barn, how many horses need to be fed off hay and the storage amount the barn capacity has...
I use to run a barn with 60 horses minimum all stall boarded, minimal grass pasture turnouts...
We fed hay of several varieties to feed our animals...
I use to feed 10 ton every two weeks.
Had 2 barns that held tonnage but still, that is a lot of hay to store...
We had deliveries every 10 - 12 days as you never, never ran out of to your last day of hay when that many horses depended on you for eating...
When I had a ton left of each variety of hay the delivery was being unloaded to my storage lofts/barn again...


As a kid, my one horse...
A ton of hay lasted about 2 - 3 months..
I however stored hay for several friends so my delivery was 5 ton at a time, then they came and took 20 bales at a time.
And yes, much of the smell and scent of the hay was dependent upon how long the hay had been out of the field...
Still true today when I take delivery of 3 ton square bales and round rolls too...straight from the field is heavenly smell in my barn!!

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post #4 of 14 Old 06-05-2019, 07:07 AM
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Around here a lot of people buy all their hay at once, at harvest, if they have room to store it.

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Is it unusual for "fresh cut" smelling hay to be around?
The more I keep thinking about this ^^^ actual comment.........

All hay should be fresh smelling and "fresh cut".
Old hay smells old.
It doesn't have a light, pleasant smell to it.
If your hay has a slightly dusty, musty smell...
Well, it would not be in my barn if it isn't smelling nice, looking fresh and greener in color and taste good...
Yes, yank a piece and chew it...you'll know if it is fresh and sweet or needs spitting out cause that is what your horses will do too.
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Yes, yank a piece and chew it...you'll know if it is fresh and sweet or needs spitting out cause that is what your horses will do too.
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Haha, I swear, my horses would choose to eat the the drier, stemmier, less appealing smelling first cut before they'd go for fresh, soft second cut stuff. I think it's a Morgan thing, they are models of Yankee thriftiness
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We try to get the whole years' worth at once (approximately 10 ton)-- hopefully off our own pastures, but the weather has a lot to say about that. We need at least 4-5 days of dry weather to cut and bale, but we've not had more than 2 days without rain in months. This week looks good--- small chance of storms every night, but hopefully we'll get lucky and it won't end up rained on. Once we have it all in the old barn, it smells heavenly in there for awhile
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We seem to get a new tractor-trailer full every 6 weeks or so? It's hard to tell, since I'm only there once a week.



After my lesson lately, I help with night feed (otherwise my instructor is left to do it alone, which seems impolite, and also I enjoy more time at the barn) and she's been teaching me how to identify good hay vs. bad hay. As far as texture the flake explodes even before it hits the ground, it's very tasty. If it explodes when it hits the ground, it's adequate. If, as some flakes did yesterday, it hits the ground and lies there like a discarded couch cushion, it is not tasty and the horses will look at you like: excuse me, you expect me to eat this?



Moldy hay, regardless of texture, is always bad. We had a bale last week that was bad all the way through. If there is a little bad on the edge, the horses will just ignore it. But moldy hay just smells ... moldly. Like dusty, old-smelling, sort of like a box of water-damaged books.



My instructor tells me that last summer, because of how wet it was, there were farms that didn't even get to make any second-cut hay at all, and it's been super-wet this spring in the northeast as well (we get our hay from a farm in NYS). (Plus, the midwestern US is basically underwater right now). The latest trailer-full is a combination of fluffy-soft, and upholstery foam.
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-09-2019, 01:41 AM
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In the area where I live there is only one cut of hay, usually in July. if it's a very good year you might get a second cut in September, but that cut is more trouble than it's worth because we get very damp mornings. You have to buy your hay all at once here, that is when it's cut. If you don't, you be paying quadruple the price come winter.

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How often? As infrequently as possible - it's generally far cheaper & more accessible to get it in 'hay season' when it's fresh too. Eg. around xmas time, I could buy hay quite close to home at $50 per round bale. BUT having been a ridiculously dry whole year since last May, until about 2 weeks ago... too late for grass to grow before spring now - I didn't get enough. Now I'm faced with a long drive(or exxy delivery) for over $150 per bale!! And it's likely to be old, have a thick layer of crud on the outside to chuck away.

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