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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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I've only ever fed them hay that is at least 3 months cured.
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.
 

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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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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.
 
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