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Don’t Burn Down the Barn or Make Your Stock Sick – What to Do With Wet/Moldy Hay

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In many parts of the country, this year’s weather was not particularly friendly for putting
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. d h says:

    will goats eat “moldy” hay?

    • Kathy Voth says:

      Unfortunately, I have experience with this. Yes, they will eat some of it, but goats aren’t garbage disposals. Remember the cautions included in this article about the potential for mycotoxins to cause problems. And there will be some impact to lungs. They will cough and show discomfort. As the folks from UNL suggest, spread it out, and let them pick and choose and don’t force the issue. And be sure to protect your own lungs as well. Then provide them with an alternative, better hay too.

    • Marie Shipp says:

      Nope! Goats are super picky about such things.

  2. Curt Gesch says:

    Advice needed: What about wrapped haylage that must have a leak and there is blue mold on some of the bale?

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