I got 60 bales of this hay and every one I have opened has been the same, some worse than others. There is mold right through the rounds. As the hay was wound into the bale, for some reason the last 2 feet of a 3 foot bale must have exposed to dampness, the boon of stored grass. Immediately it begins to mold and then can heat up and compost even. I am peeling back a third to half of the bale at this point to find decent hay that has no mold, at least no visible mold.
I included a photo of a bucket of ice. Every day, the ice in the rubber buckets has to be hammered out. I have a sledge hammer, just a small one , and crack the ice all around and at the bottom, then pound until it is released. It takes time and is not in the least bit a fun activity. But, it has to be done. Sheep and goats do not like cold water, especially goats. They would prefer if I warmed the water to bath temperature in the winter!
And that is just another day on the farm, sigh.