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Spotted Owl

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Is there a problem feeding old hay. No mold, dust anything nasty just old. We wound up with way more than we needed this year. I don't want to waste it if it's OK to feed it again next fall/winter. So would this years hay work alright for next year also, we will have new stuff next year also.

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Nothing wrong with feeding old hay, I do it every year. If it is stored outside you will have more waste. If it is inside it should be as good as it was this year.
 

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The hay we feed is typically 2 or 3 years old, stored outside and and uncovered. You'll be fine.
 

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No mold or dust? No problem. I started this winter feeding last year's roundbales, stored outside. Little bit of waste from the outer parts, but just fine on the inside. I have fed 2 and 3 year old hay (stored inside) and it was fine. It may lose a little bit of its nutritional value, but it shouldn't cause you any problems.

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Research shows good hay stored inside only looses about 1% of its value each year after the first. So 10 year old hay would only loose about 10%. I have fed 10 year old square bales without any problems.
 

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