Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

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Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby Stocker Steve » Wed May 17, 2017 5:49 pm

Been offered some 2015 alfalfa/grass mix 5x6s stored outside. Bales are squatting a bit... I would have to peel off a layer when feeding. How much waste would you estimate on these old bales vs. 2017 hay when fed next winter?

Also found some weathered 5 to 6 year old grass bales that are not squatting. Have you successfully fed this kind, or should I just consider it bedding?
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Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby M-5 » Wed May 17, 2017 6:21 pm

Only way to know is get a few and tryem I've seen em eat every scrap of trash hay
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Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby Aaron » Wed May 17, 2017 6:37 pm

Depends how tight they were baled and how many wraps of plastic twine or net on them. If old spring tension baler and sisal twine - you might as well save your money.
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Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby Craig Miller » Wed May 17, 2017 6:44 pm

Offered for free? Theres something like 25% of the bale in the outer layer so youd lose a good bit there. Not to mention the outer edges of each bale.

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Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby jkwilson » Thu May 18, 2017 7:07 am

I put up grass hay 10 or 15 years ago and ran out of room to store it. I left a few bales along the tree line in a far field planning to feed them first.

Fed a few, but it got so muddy that winter I decided to stop going back there to avoid tearing everything up.

Fast forward a few years and they were still there. Squatted down and ugly. We got a late big snow. With several calves already on the ground, I decided I'd grab a couple of bales of the old hay and break them up for the calves to use as bedding. Went out the next day, and the spot was practically clean. The cows went crazy over it even though they had plenty of new hay available.

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Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby skeeter swatter » Thu May 18, 2017 2:25 pm

You should not even think of hauling that junk home!
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Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby Boot Jack Bulls » Thu May 18, 2017 5:31 pm

Craig Miller wrote:Offered for free? Theres something like 25% of the bale in the outer layer so youd lose a good bit there. Not to mention the outer edges of each bale.


I saw a chart on FB the other day that showed the outer 6 inches on a bale constituted about 25% of the overall volume on a 4x5 bale I think.
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Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby Nesikep » Thu May 18, 2017 11:12 pm

If you're feeding it while they also have grass to eat, they'll probably happily eat all of it... If it's their only food, they're not going to be very happy about it
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Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby Stocker Steve » Fri May 19, 2017 2:07 pm

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Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby Cucumber35 » Sun May 21, 2017 9:39 am

Unless they are usually picky I'd bet they will eat it fine. I've put out some ugly looking trash lots of times and it's surprising how much they eat it and even do well on it. I always feed the outside stored stuff or worst looking hay first so they don't get spoiled on good stuff early in the winter. Then by the time they are into the colder weather and closer to calving I am into the better hay usually.


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