Mold Problems and Hay Storage Questions

Discussion in 'Barnyard Bananza' started by MellonFriend, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    We live in very wet western NC. We are getting rain darn near every day right now and we just had a problem where the drainage behind the barn that usually goes around the barn changed paths and was in fact running into the barn. So needless to say we had about a inch deep two foot wide puddle in the barn. We think we can get that to never happen again, but all of our hay in the barn is starting to mold as well as the sides of the hay rack and a couple other wooden thing we have in the barn. What should I do to clean everything off?

    We have struggled with hay molding in the past, but only after it sat in the barn for a long time. This hay was only in there since the beginning of the month. I think it probably had to do with the flooding, but I am not sure it hadn't started before that.

    We had put this last round on three layers of pallets to help it get off the floor, but that didn't help as even the very top of the stack had mold on it.

    I know that increased airflow is probably necessary, but without electricity in the barn and not enough sun to power anything solar, I fan is probably not an option. Maybe I just need to store my hay somewhere else? Any tricks for hay storage I don't know about?

    Sorry this is kind of long already, but one more thing. How does it work to store hay under tarps outside if there's no air flow under there?
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  2. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Here are a few pictures so you know what I'm dealing with. We store the hay on the pallets and the flooding was not on the side that the hay is on. The hay is on the right side where the bottom door is closed in the second picture. IMG_6061.JPG IMG_6062.JPG
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  3. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    It sounds like the grass is not dry before they bale. I don't see why it would just mold. But maybe I'm not understanding how things work in NC.
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  4. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Well if you are suggesting that it is molding because it was baled without drying properly, I don't think that is the case. It is very dry when we purchase it. The farmer we buy it from puts up tons and tons of hay yearly and he is able to store it for quite a long time at his place. And it is molding from the outside in. The tips of the hay has fuzzy green mold on it.
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    If it is moldy on the inside when you open the bale, that is an issue of it being baled when it has way to much moisture content.
    I assure you, if you open up a bale of the hay at the sellers of the same time baled hay later, it will have mold spots inside of it as well.

    The outside issue may be that window and breeze of moist air blowing in on it.

    Is it really humid there?
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  6. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Haha Yeah. Moist like we have to be careful of mold not growing in our house too. Humidity on our barometer says 84% and that's about the norm for us right now.
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  7. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    That window can be shut, it has a sliding panel. There's one in the other stall too, that I leave open. I figured more air flow is better, am I wrong?
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  8. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I'd try closing it if it is molding from the outside.
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  9. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki

    Our hay is in a covered but open barn. We have never had it mold and live in the middle of NC. We are just as humid as you are. Airflow is a big part of your problem in that room. Kinda like dryin firewood... it needs airflow through it to dry properly. ;). I have an alfalfa bale that we bought last fall and a few round bales from last spring that are still good.
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  10. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Would like to point out, if there’s mold on your hay, any at all, DO NOT feed it to your goats!!

    Your storage area looks quite nice. Not really seeing why it would mold - would close the window.
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  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    All great advice added, I do agree. ;)
  12. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    Would you recommend closing the top of the Dutch door too?
  13. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    I would try to store it away from the wood wall which can trap moisture and put it on the pallets in the middle of the pen if possible.......
  14. Ashlynn

    Ashlynn Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2017
    Lutz, FL
    In Florida we get rain every day in the summer. Our hay is on pallets under a carport. It gets moist even when it’s not raining from the humidity, but the hay only molds when the rain blows under the carport. Even then only the very outer layer which can be peeled off. If there is ever mold on the inside you have a different problem. When humid, the hay drys pretty quickly though from the hot sun mid day and is good as new. I agree with getting it away from the wall for more airflow.
  15. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

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  16. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    I was wondering if something like this existed! Thanks for pointing that out.

    Unfortunately that won't be possible. My LGDs sleep in the other half of that stall at night and I really don't have anywhere else they would be happy sleeping in.

    I think that we might just have to figure out other storage options for our hay. We are thinking about storing some in our detached garage that we keep open all day and having a fan blowing on it on especially humid days.

    Does anyone here store their hay on pallets under tarps? I was wondering how that worked.
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