Hot spot in round bale ok to feed?

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ufo_chris

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Hi,I tried searching but no answers.
Have a round bale outside I was feeding from by hand and discovered it got wet and has a hot spot now.
It's kinda moldy on that spot and peeling as much as I could away it's still hot .
So I worked around it and only fed the good part but am worried now since I started feeding from it a few days ago and just noticed it.
I feed 3 head with it ,usually lasts a week or so.
On the other hand I'm thinking isn't that kinda what balage is but have no experience with it.
Thank you for any answers.
 

Son of Butch

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You don't want to force feed moldy hay/feed, by feeding them the good part you'll be fine.
Balage is wet, but fermented similar to haylage or silage, so that it doesn't mold.
 

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Unless they are way under fed they will eat around the funky stuff.
 

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I know that this really has nothing to do with the hot hay question, but I thought I would mention this. When we fed hay last year, we accidently fed a round bale with some pine needles on it. Several days later I walked into the barnyard to find a calf that was barely alive and about 40 LBS. and at least a month premature. It died a few days later. We were told that the pine needles serve as a poison and sort of like an abortion med. Since then we have been checking our bales closely for anything of that nature.
 

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