Old oats in the silo

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Old oats in the silo

Postby dcrogers11 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:30 pm

I've recently taken over the family farm after loosing my dad over a year ago. We're a small operation with 15 mama cows and presently calving now. I've got about 800-1000 bushels of oats in a silo that has to be at least 4-5 years old. I've tried a small germination test with less than 10% sprouting. The oats are dry with no evidence of mold and I really don't see many weevils. I need to clean the silos out but hate to waste them. I'm looking for advice on feeding it. We also have deer, some exotics, and a few bison that we could feed if thats an option.
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Re: Old oats in the silo

Postby turklilley » Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:43 pm

If it isn't moldy. Feed it.
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Re: Old oats in the silo

Postby TexasBred » Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:48 pm

Feed it to the cattle. Sounds like it's going to be mostly hulls anyway.
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Re: Old oats in the silo

Postby farmerjan » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:50 pm

No mold or bad looking stuff I would mix it in with something. Agree that it will be more hulls than anything, but it will be a bit of a filler if nothing else.
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Re: Old oats in the silo

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:03 am

Sorry for your loss. Welcome to the board.
I agree, they are fine to feed. My husband used to always say, oats is equivalent to good hay.
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