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Author Topic: Haylage?  (Read 527 times)

Dragon

  • Joined Aug 2019
Haylage?
« 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?

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Anke

  • 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?

bj_cardiff

  • 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.

DavidandCollette

  • 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

 

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