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    Default Weighing haylage nets

    Years ago when I fed hay I always remember someone telling me in conversation that if you feed haylage you should feed more to account for the moisture content of it.

    So a good few years down the line, I have been feeding haylage for a year or so now but it has always been fairly dry stuff and have just weighed it to the amount I would give. Now we have a round bale to use which is quite 'ripe' (my terminology!) and seems to have a high moisture content. I weighed it normally last night and gave it to my gelding to nibble on while I mucked out and he ate a good chunk of it , a lot for 30mins! So , if the moisture content is quite high, how much should you add ? Double?

    I suppose I could just trial and error but thought I'd ask here too. Thanks

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    I never weigh the hay or haylage - they just get it ad-lib on the floor as it is the best way to feed them
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    Quote Originally Posted by holeymoley View Post
    Years ago when I fed hay I always remember someone telling me in conversation that if you feed haylage you should feed more to account for the moisture content of it.

    So a good few years down the line, I have been feeding haylage for a year or so now but it has always been fairly dry stuff and have just weighed it to the amount I would give. Now we have a round bale to use which is quite 'ripe' (my terminology!) and seems to have a high moisture content. I weighed it normally last night and gave it to my gelding to nibble on while I mucked out and he ate a good chunk of it , a lot for 30mins! So , if the moisture content is quite high, how much should you add ? Double?

    I suppose I could just trial and error but thought I'd ask here too. Thanks

    I know roughly what 14-16 lbs is in the haynets = I cannot feed adlib as my mare would eat a whole sack of marksway haylage if you let her.

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    Haylage is normally around 60% dry matter, so if the new round bale is wetter (say 50% and the other bale was 60%) then you would need to feed 1kg more for every 10kg you feed.
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    Default Re: Weighing haylage nets

    Quote Originally Posted by ILuvCowparsely View Post
    I know roughly what 14-16 lbs is in the haynets = I cannot feed adlib as my mare would eat a whole sack of marksway haylage if you let her.
    This above. Mine would also eat a whole bale if I let him! I try and get two and a half haynets out of a small bag of haylage.

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    Thanks guys. Yes I have a grubber who would also eat his body weight in it if I let him. Small bags were fine as it was relatively dry so could weigh it and it would be fairly accurate. It's now a large round and struggling to work out how much more he should be getting to compensate for the moisture weight.

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