I've talked with my vet, and a nutritionist at Southern States, as well as a commercial operator, AND a guy that produces excellent hay. They all told me pretty much the same thing. It can cause a cow or heifer to abort, and or it can cause fertility issues.True Grit Farms wrote: ↑Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:57 amI would think anyone that stores hay outside will be feeding moldy hay in this weather. Hay is just getting harder to come by every day. You've brought moldy hay up a few times, what is wrong with feeding moldy hay besides the cattle don't like it as well? I've sure fed a bunch and haven't noticed any problems.Brookhill Angus wrote: ↑Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:29 amIt’s nearly impossible, and they have to be moved often. Yesterday we had almost 2.5 inches of rain, hard to keep a field looking good or an animal mud free in those conditions.
Some people hold their cattle in a particular area so as not to ruin all their pastures, that’s understandable, not feeding them anything but moldy hay in those conditions is not understandable.
Yesterday I was pitched AND convinced to switch my entire mineral program over to Gro-Tec Ag Land Fescue 7. I was told that it would help with fescue issues in the hay, but would also help minimize any issues with moldy hay. The hay I'm feeding right now is wrapped haylage, but I've definitely seen mold in the past and did not feel good about feeding it out.
I've sold hay to the Amish before, hay that for some reason or the other, got hot after baling it with too much moisture and I figured would have mold, they bought it for $10 a bale and said, "it's no problem for us, we will grind it up with other stuff and make it work" Which I'm sure it did.
As you can tell, I'm a "belt and suspenders" type of man. I only want to AI once if I have to and I want it to stick. I value my time, mostly so I can post on CT, LOL, I kid! All joking aside, I don't want to feed anything that might cause a pregnancy to not stick.
I would feed straight corn before paying $100 a roll for moldy hay, which people are doing right now. Our local Southern States got a load of range cubes in this week, but I'm not sure that will be effective as most people would be wasting them if they threw them on the ground, and many don't have any feed bunk method to feed.