The Dangers of Mold and Dust

Friday, March 1st, 2019

The Dangers of Mold and Dust

Hay is at risk for mold and dust contamination. If you are looking to sell hay to livestock owners across the United States, there are a few key things to watch out for in hay that will protect your livestock from sickness.

Mold: When your hay’s moisture is above 20 percent, it is too saturated for baling hay. It then becomes a breeding ground for mold which can have a serious negative affect on your livestock. It can actually put your farm at risk because it is more flammable when moldy. Keep an eye on the level of moisture of your hay so you reduce the risk of mold on your hay.

Dust: Dust is really small particles of dirt that aren’t great to consume for anyone, including your livestock. Keep your hay stored on pallets instead of the ground. This helps keep your hay dry and collect less dust from the ground. It is possible for animals to breath in dust while they eat. Feeding your animals hay and feed in a feeder is a perfect way to minimize the amount of dust your livestock consumes.

SB Hay and Feed provides a valuable online resource for farmers looking to sell their surplus of hay and feed; connect to livestock owners in need of hay and feed. Getting started with SB Hay and Feed is easy and free! Get started today by creating a seller’s profile and posting your hay for sale! Contact us for more information.