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Hi all

I don't know how silage is made in the USA, but I do know that silage made
in the UK can not be fed to horses.  Cow silage is fermented in a different
way and can contain organisms such as botulism, which cows can tolerate and
horses can't.

If you are interested in feeding haylage/silage do some more research or you
could end up with a dead horse.



Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 10:36:53 -0800 (PST)
Subject: RideCamp:  Haylage
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From: RhondaL

If you are looking for haylage (otherwise known as grass silage) any dairy
farmer in the US (or Canada for that matter)with either an upright silo or a
bunker - type silo will have it.

Dairy farmers tend to put up almost pure alfalfa silage -- probably a little
high in protein for many horses.

You can also buy round bales wrapped in plastic to ferment and form silage.
(Have you ever seen long white plastic worms that seem to stretch for a mile
or two in a forage field?) Tricky to handle a 750 lb bale, though!

The problem is you would need a tractor  to handle the big round bales, and
probably a tractor with bucket for the bulk stuff.

So it`s around, but no one packages it for horse folks.


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