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How long does hay stay fresh
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Brad in In    Posted 03-20-2001 at 10:54:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
several farmers are offering bales of hay at reduced rates now that winter is over. If the hay is kept inside, will it still have all the nutrients, ect next winter? or is it best just to buy each summer for the upcoming winter season?

hay    Posted 03-20-2001 at 12:40:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
i had some 4x4 rolls that were 3 years old and i unrolled part of one and it still looked fresh and not dusty or moldy. the bottoms were of course flattened and dark and soggy from being on the ground but otherwise the hay was good. it was fed to my neighbors cows and they went through it quickly. i have heard of some rolls stored inside for up to 6 years. i guess it depends a lot on the type of grass/forage and wheather or not it was fertlized and how tight the rolls were made and the storage area. some people store thier roll outside on a gravel bed to keep the ground moisture from wicking up into the roll and thus keeping the bottoms fresher.

Johnny    Posted 03-20-2001 at 16:52:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have seen square bales stored inside a good dry barn for 4 to 5 years and look like it was when it went in the barn. This was coastal bermuda grass. As long it is kept dry seems to be o.k. Johnny

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