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brook

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brook says:

Can you soak haylage ?

Hi everyone, recently we have been buying haylage in the big round bales as good quality hay is difficult to source atm. Last year i had to soak Tenor's hay for several hours as he was getting too big ! Would I be able to soak haylage and would the sugars be removed ?

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Can you soak haylage ?

My horse Sabrina soaks her own Hayledge which I provide also feeds her boyfriend over the door she has one end in her mouth and the gelding eating the other ahh! like lady and the tramp. The big problem is how many horses you have as big bale hayledge is not suitable for a single horse as once opened it has a useable life of one week only, thats why many of us have to use the small bag hayledge or steam our hay.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Can you soak haylage ?

Yes Lyn, you can, and yes the sugar will be removed.

Saying you can't find good quality hay - I think this winter will also be difficult to find hay or haylage, as usually the first cut is done at the beginning of June, but as the weather has been so unpredictable, unless farmers were lucky enough to get a cut done at the end of May when we had a week or so of dry weather, there's been no further chance of cutting (here anyway).

The farmer who does ours for us is sitting twiddling his thumbs when usually he'd be in the middle of cutting, turning, baling, wrapping etc, and my farrier was saying yesterday that one place he goes to is a big producer of hay, but this year they reckon they'll have very little quality stuff as it's past it's best for a good cut.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Can you soak haylage ?

Now the farm where my yard is the farmer as laid down some new grass fields for making into hayledge, when I asked about it was told next year they will be able to get 3 cuts from it, this I was unaware of as like everyone else only thought 2 cuts are were able to me made in a year.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Can you soak haylage ?

Hi Kevin, we have two horses but i know what you mean about the haylage not keeping for long ! We have a friend that we bought hay from last year so hopefully he will have some for us again this Summer.

 

Hi Sue, thanks for your help, I can't win with Tenor lol as soon as there is grass he just gains weight in a matter of days ! I have restricted his grazing and he goes into a bare paddock for half of the day, just keeping an eye on him atm, the weigh tape is coming out tonight !! I hope you are all fine, have a lovely weekend, Lyn XX 

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