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Mold on hay
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Brad in In    Posted 04-12-2001 at 10:37:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
as I get to the bottom rows of my square bales of alfalpha, I noticed it is damp and moldy on the bottom. Is this harmful to cattle?

Gary(UT)    Posted 04-13-2001 at 16:32:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
We often feed the cattle hay that has a bit of mold. They pick what they want and leave the rest. You need to be careful though because white mold will make a cow lose her calf.

Mike Taylor    Posted 04-13-2001 at 07:46:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
An alternative to what IHank said would be to stack the hay on discarded wooden pallets. This would keep them off the ground and aid in air circulation. Would be a nice home for critters, too! :) Alfalfa takes longer to dry in the field and as a result is many times baled to damp. It is more prone to mold also.

IHank    Posted 04-12-2001 at 11:38:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Brad- Whip out your medical encyclopedia and study up on "Farmer's Lung", a mold infection in your lungs. It is very dangerous to people and animals. I luckily survived a dose of it in '94, alolng with a busted rib problem at the same time, and later figgered out what was making me sick.

For your hay storage area suggest you put down a couple of layers of 6 mil black construction plastic as ground cover. That will stop ground moisture from "wicking" up into the hay bales and causing the mold/rot problems.

Very serious now, be careful about possible mold infections! Good luck, IHank

Ken    Posted 04-12-2001 at 10:49:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I frequently give my cattle hay that is unfit for equine consumption because of mold. I haven't have any problem feeding them this hay

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