Re: [RC] Round Bales + Deaths(?) - sharp penny
--- Val Nicoson <sweetmare55@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> How much then is the risk of feeding round bales to
> horses? Is this high risk, moderate or low risk?
Where I live everyone feeds round bales. It's less
expensive ( I have yet to find this to be the case will all
the waste), it's easy and it gives the horses something to
munch on 24/7 are some of their reasons. I know of people
that have fed round bales for years without any problems. I
have also had a friend whose horses got very sick with two
in the heard dying from getting a "bad" bale. My problem is
that you don't know you have a "lethal" bale until its too
late. With square bales if you have a dead critter you know
it the minute you open the bale and can easily dispose of
the bale. This year I have had a piece of a dead snake in a
bale and a dead bird in another. Let me tell you, even if
you don't see the carcass the stench will alert you! Had
this been a round bale I would have not known it was there
until it was too late. Problems can also occur when the
bale isn't properly stored and the center of the bale
becomes a mecca for mold. Around here the round bales are
not put up in a barn but left sitting outside until they
are used. To me it's like playing Russian roulette with
your horses...do you feel lucky today?
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