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Last years hay - would you feed it?

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  • Last years hay - would you feed it?

    My husband was offered about 10 ton of local timothy hay in exchange for mowing a woman's pasture. However, the hay is from last year and has been sitting in her barn since. At first I was very doubtful thinking the nutritional content has undoubtably(sp?) been compromised and getting a hay analysis is difficult at best out here. With hay prices going through the roof, would you feed a hay from last year?
    Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert

  • #2
    I have, do it every year. Mine don't complain about it, especially when it is 20 degrees outside!


    • #3
      In a word, yes, I would feed it. This is assuming that
      this hay was stored dry and off the ground. If it is not
      moldy, it may have lost vitamin A but otherwise should
      be fine. You can easily supplement the vitamin loss.
      Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
      Elmwood, Wisconsin


      • #4
        I'd take a look at it first, but if it looked & smelled nice, i'd jump on it.


        • #5
          Yes! If it looked clean and dry I'd feed it!
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          • #6
            go to post #78 in the thread
            Would you buy year old hay??

            at pleasure horse. VERY informative


            • #7
              As others said, if is good hay, yes.


              • Original Poster

                I've looked at it and while not the most beautiful hay it smells good and it has been stored in a hay loft with no moisture damage. We tried a bale and the horses ate it no problem, one even preferred it to our 2nd cutting E. WA orchard grass that cost top dollar. Well, I will just count our lucky stars that we fell into this deal. Free hay for the next year.
                Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


                • #9
                  Old school thinking in Britain said that hay was BETTER the next year and current hay should be stored for a year as it was too rich! Lucky you.
                  Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                  • #10
                    Totally feed it!
                    Ours does not usually come in until August, so we are feeding "last years hay" until then! If its been stored well and isn't moldy, sure!
                    Ours eat it happily!


                    • #11
                      If it's clean and mold free, heck yes!
                      But knowing it might not be as nutritious, I would maybe mix it with a newer cutting if possible.


                      • #12
                        I've fed hay from a previous year with no problem. Just as long as it's been kept dry, looks good, smells good.


                        • #13
                          If it's nice hay I would use it.


                          • #14
                            Smartest thing I ever did was buy about 2-1/2 years worth of hay a couple of years ago -- turned out that my supplier (and many others) had a bad year the following year and had low supply/high price. And there I was, having won the hay lottery. Any time I have the extra $$$ to squirrel away extra hay I do, no matter how long it will last into the next year(s).

                            I'm broke right now and wish I had a stockpile from 2011... 2010...
                            Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.


                            • #15
                              Assuming it was stored correctly, heck yeah! We feed ours from a year ago. No problems at all.
                              Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
                              White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

                              Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.


                              • #16
                                Yup! Without a doubt! As long as it's been cured properly, is not weedy or has a lot of trash in it, is not dusty or moldy, it should be fine.

                                Sounds like a good deal!!!
                                "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White


                                • #17
                                  Seriously?! If only I could get so lucky. Orchard is going to cost $250+ a ton this summer here. Sigh....

                                  Do not pass this deal up--free? In exchange for mowing??!! I am feeding 2011 hay right now, with no complaints from the boys.
                                  Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


                                  • #18
                                    If it's nice and dry, you bet I would feed it. Glad you got a break this year!
                                    It's only when a mosquito lands on your privates that you realize there is always a way to solve problems without using violence. fb meme.


                                    • #19
                                      Yep. Last year I bought 2010 hay in May 2011. Fed it all the way through this spring with the bit that of leftover 2009 hay that was in the way back of the loft. Everyone came through fat and happy.


                                      • #20
                                        Heck, I'm supplementing pasture with grass hay that's probably four years old now, mixing it in with the new alfalfa. Granted, it was nice hay when it was cut, but still. Mr. Horse actually prefers it, initially I had just thrown some around to bed the stall with a little extra for him and he hoovered it up, so decided I might as well just feed it to him. Especially with a year like this, there's nothing wrong with feeding year old hay.
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