Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Backgrounding & feeding questions.
Stocker Steve
GURU
GURU
Posts: 7127
Joined: Mon May 02, 2005 8:28 am
Location: Central Minnesota

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?
0 x
Stocker Steve

User avatar
M-5
GURU
GURU
Posts: 5577
Joined: Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:41 pm
Location: AT the FLORIDA STATE line checking papers

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
0 x
"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." JFK

User avatar
Aaron
GURU
GURU
Posts: 3923
Joined: Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:09 pm
Location: Stratton, ON, Canada
Contact:

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.
0 x
Nothin' prettier than a red Ford truck, a Massey Ferguson tractor and a red-n-white Hereford sittin' on the farm.

User avatar
Craig Miller
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1853
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:29 pm
Location: Nw Alabama

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.
0 x

User avatar
jkwilson
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1178
Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2004 9:02 am
Location: Southern Indiana

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.

Never know until you try it.
0 x

skeeter swatter
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 505
Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:45 pm
Location: west central mn

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!
Just from curiosity, what $ and where at? ;-)
0 x

User avatar
Boot Jack Bulls
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 663
Joined: Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:03 pm
Location: NW WI

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.
0 x
Boot Jack Cattle LLC & Boot Jack Boers

User avatar
Nesikep
Mentor
Mentor
Posts: 12219
Joined: Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:37 pm
Location: Lillooet, BC, Canada

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
0 x
The only possible end result of treating all animals like people is that all people will be treated like animals

Stocker Steve
GURU
GURU
Posts: 7127
Joined: Mon May 02, 2005 8:28 am
Location: Central Minnesota

Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

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

$46/ton delivered
0 x
Stocker Steve

Cucumber35
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 125
Joined: Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:02 pm
Location: Mason Dixon Line

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.
0 x

littletom
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 551
Joined: Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:01 pm
Location: southern Ky

Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby littletom » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:27 pm

My dad puts old junk hay in ditches and places for erosion they always eat it no matter how bad
0 x

callmefence
GURU
GURU
Posts: 3124
Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:36 pm
Location: Fencemans place...central Texas

Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby callmefence » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:44 pm

If they can be handled and hauled without coming apart I'd probably jump on it. Store in the same position they been in. Fat bottoms down.
0 x
The more I work the luckier I get...TexasBred


You can all go to he// . I'll go to Texas.
David Crockett

User avatar
snoopdog
Cowhand
Cowhand
Posts: 158
Joined: Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:16 am
Location: ne oklahoma

Re: Hay Storage Waste After 2+ Years ?

Postby snoopdog » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:43 pm

Not a bad price if it was put up right, i wouldn't have a problem with it.
0 x
Being poor is the most expensive thing there is


Return to “Feedyard Board”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest