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Saving hay smart...need help
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Tom A    Posted 03-11-2003 at 12:52:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK, got another stupid question for y'all. Seems I can't figure out how to manage hay very well. I must move the same hay a dozen times each year before I finally feed it.

Right now the barn's almost empty because I've been feeding like the dickens with all the snow on the ground. There's maybe a hundred pounds of loose and 12 bales of nice timothy in there now. I'm buying 25 bales of mixed grass on Thursday as "insurance" in case we get another big storm....hopefully won't need much of it.

So do I want to stack it in the back or the front?
I mean, this fall do I want to feed the now year-old bales first, or feed my fresh loose hay first and hang on to the bales in the back for emergencies since they take up much less room than my loose hay?
How long can I keep the bales before it loses its nutrient value?

I usually bring in about 3-4 tons loose, and it is a beggar moving it back and forth by hand!

thanks for hearing me out,
Tom


Home Comfort    Posted 03-11-2003 at 14:21:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom,
My rule of thumb is to use the old hay first working up to the newest. Of course, the condition of the hay has to be considered, too. If it is moldy or you just do not feel good about it, you can always put it in your garden or donate it to someone else who has one. If you have a field, you can toss it there to nourish the soil.

The annoyance factor of the loose hay counts, too. If you really like this hay and want to make sure that all of your hard work pays off, I would feed it to them right away. Your animals get the benefit of its nutrients and you have more room to move around.

All in all, I do not think that you can lose.

Home Comfort


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