Smallholders Insurance from Greenlands

Author Topic: Haylage?  (Read 962 times)


  • Joined Aug 2019
« on: December 02, 2019, 01:43:48 pm »
Despite having adlib access to good hay my kids (6 months old) are ripping holes in the horses' haylage bales to get to the innards.

So the question is, can goats eat haylage safely? And if so, in what quantities?

 :fc: :goat:


  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Haylage?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2019, 03:32:52 pm »
Haylage carries a greater risk wrt listeriosis in particular, caused by bacteria in the damp haylage. Young stock is at greater risk, as with replacing teeth there is an easy route for the bacteria to enter the bloodstream and the brain. Listeriosis is very difficult to treat in goats.

Mould can be another issue.

But in years of no good hay to be had I have fed haylage to my older goats without any issues. They do tend to like it more than hay that may not be too great...
However I would make sure that they don't have access to self-serve, not only could they eat some of the plastic, but also spoil the haylage quite quickly?


  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Haylage?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2019, 04:53:09 pm »
Yes, I've fed haylage to my goats for years with no issue. I suppose the only slight issue I had was that they have a tendancy to pull the nicest bits out and waste a lot, the waste quickly heats up on the floor and goes mouldy, so needs to be cleared away regularly. Be carefull of topping up the mangers as you can leave really mouldy horrible (toxic) bits in the bottom of the feeder without realising.


  • Joined Dec 2012
Re: Haylage?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2019, 04:59:04 pm »
Since moving to Scotland I have had to feed my girls haylage because I can't get small bales of hay. They do seem to like it , but thanks for the tip on clearing out the manger


hay or haylage

Started by langdon

Replies: 3
Views: 2250
Last post May 21, 2010, 06:15:04 pm
by Roxy

Started by poppy2012

Replies: 5
Views: 2178
Last post July 11, 2012, 09:52:15 pm
by Anke
feeding haylage

Started by langdon

Replies: 7
Views: 9564
Last post March 18, 2010, 10:53:05 pm
by Roxy
hay / haylage / silage

Started by tizaala

Replies: 11
Views: 6432
Last post January 12, 2012, 09:27:46 am
by Cinderhills
Haylage / laminitis

Started by Penninehillbilly

Replies: 2
Views: 1155
Last post February 08, 2017, 05:15:25 pm
by Penninehillbilly

Forum sponsors

FibreHut Energy Helpline Thomson & Morgan Time for Paws Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival Little Peckers

© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2020. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS