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wayneNWAR
Posted 2/26/2011 11:12 (#1637224)
Subject: old hay?


north west arkansas
I am wondering how much feed value hay loses after sitting in a barn for a couple of years. I have been trying to kind some alfalfa sq. bales, but all I have been able to find is a few years old.
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feelnrite
Posted 2/26/2011 18:45 (#1638024 - in reply to #1637224)
Subject: Re: old hay?


northwest tennessee
I have wondered that too and think it does lose some but dont know how much. If they would discount it some I would still buy it. I think it will get a different smell to it as much as anything and some cattle will not like it as much. I have fed alot of hay that is 4 or 5 years old out of a barn and they eat it well.
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infarmdave
Posted 2/26/2011 19:13 (#1638097 - in reply to #1638024)
Subject: Re: old hay?


indiana
i would think it would depend more on what the quality was when it was baled more than age David
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corn&beef
Posted 2/26/2011 19:42 (#1638143 - in reply to #1638097)
Subject: Re: old hay?


LeRoy IL
Why would it loose feed value. Baleing it and putting it in a barn perserves it.
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Big Square
Posted 2/26/2011 19:45 (#1638147 - in reply to #1638143)
Subject: Re: old hay?


Eastern Half of Kansas
I think KSU has done this before, IIRC they said year old hay had lost half of its minerals, this may have refered to grass hay. It has been a long time since I have read or heard this, it may not be correct. Just keep normal mineral in front of them.
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jreiser
Posted 2/26/2011 23:24 (#1638627 - in reply to #1638147)
Subject: Re: old hay?



nc Ne
read a study once that they tested hay that had been in a barn for 70 years and was still good value.
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Tim in WI
Posted 2/27/2011 06:56 (#1638844 - in reply to #1637224)
Subject: RE: old hay?



Embarrass WI

I was always told that the protein-fiber-minerals pretty much held, but the vitamins decreased with age. Feed the old hay, but supplement more A-D-E and you should be fine.

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sam i am
Posted 2/27/2011 11:49 (#1639333 - in reply to #1638844)
Subject: RE: old hay?


Broome County NY
Tim in WI - 2/27/2011 06:56

I was always told that the protein-fiber-minerals pretty much held, but the vitamins decreased with age. Feed the old hay, but supplement more A-D-E and you should be fine.



I was told the same for what thats worth
I was also told most of the vitamins are gone after 90 days at least vit.E
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Big Square
Posted 2/27/2011 11:54 (#1639346 - in reply to #1638844)
Subject: RE: old hay?


Eastern Half of Kansas
Maybe that is what I was thinking, was vitamins.
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Ben
Posted 2/28/2011 20:55 (#1642508 - in reply to #1637224)
Subject: RE: old hay?


North Mo.
take hay sample and tell us so we all know. I doubt if it loses much if any other than moisture. Ben
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