The most expensive part of owning a horse is often feeding it, so of course you want to protect your investment. Animal feed can be touchy and needs to be stored properly to ensure your horse gets the nutrition it needs and you get your money’s worth. Here is everything you need to know about how to store your horse’s feed.
When it comes to hay storage, moisture is your enemy for more than one reason. Moist hay will mold over time, which can make horses sick, of course. But hay can also spontaneously combust with the right combination of moisture and lack of proper air circulation, as moist hay produces heat inside the bales. For that reason, storing hay properly is important not just for the quality and shelf life of your horse’s feed, but also for everyone’s safety. Here are a few things you need to know about proper hay storage.
Storing animal feed is a different ballgame, even though it has some of the same enemies as hay, such as moisture and pests. As with hay, you’ll want to store your feed somewhere cool and dry, but this time it’s more for the shelf life of your feed than the safety of your animals and facility. Animal feed can last a while unopened, so a good storage system is important. Here are a few tips.
Another way to ensure you get your money’s worth is to make sure you’re choosing the right feed for your horse. Hay is more like what a horse would get in the wild, but can be more of a gamble, since you never know what it’s got in it. Pelleted feed offers guaranteed nutritional content for your peace of mind, plus it reduces waste and makes both storing and feeding it easier. For more information on pelleted feeds and how to store them, contact Sacate Pellet Mills today.