But a new problem was discovered with the premium second cut hay. The smalls, that is leaf bits, had fallen apart, fractured, and were at the bottom of the bale as I unraveled and loosened the hay. Feedlot farmers would not notice this of course, because the bales go into large grinder mixer machines and the farmer really does not see or handle the hay beyond that. The machines even take the bale twine off the bales nowl. The small bits are deadly to fibre animals, working their way down into the fleece and then become embedded and impossible to remove without many passes over the wool and extra work.
This is the dilemma that set me off to create the best feeding system to alleviate hay on the backs of the animals. Today there was wind and as I was loading feeders, the fine bits were blowing down on the animals, who of course, were directly under the feeder with their heads already stuck through, anticipating tasty hay.
I need to find a way to feed the animals with good quality hay that does not get into their fibres. I need to find good quality hay that is not falling apart. I need farmers who provide the same quality hay on the reorder, not send me their rained on crap. Is this impossible here? Booooo!