Hay curing

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by NigerianDwarfOwner707, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Ok we have a problem, my farmer just dropped off a shipment of hay baled 2 weeks ago.

    What's the range for how long hay should cure for?

    I think I have a backup bale to give them temporarily.
     
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  2. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    I've only ever fed them hay that is at least 3 months cured.
     
  3. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    Hay should be very very dry when baled. To is that IS curing it. So i am not sure what exactly you are thinking is wrong with your hay. Here in nc... it is cut and depending on how hot and thick the grasses are... it might take a day and it might take four before it is baled. If it is a thick thick pasture they will usually tedd it a few to several times to get it to dry. Hay can be eaten the day it is baled.
     
  4. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
  5. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Maybe it’s done differently where I am, hay is not always that dry when baled and can be too rich if not cured.

    However, after close inspection the stuff I have looks good and dry.

    I’ll wait a week or two more before giving it, though!

    I have had a goat bloat from newly cut bright green hay.
     
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  6. IHEARTGOATS

    IHEARTGOATS Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2016
    Zebulon, NC
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  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Hay must be dried before bailing it, it will indeed mold if it is not.

    It is cut, dried(left in the field for a while before baled).
     
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  8. NDinKY

    NDinKY Well-Known Member

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    Aug 3, 2019
    Kentucky
    We feed ours right away too, orchard grass dries pretty quickly. They shouldn’t be producing heat if the grasses were dry when baled. If any are producing heat I would hold off on feeding it.