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Hot hay hurts animals and humans

When we manage hay as well as we manage grain today, we will increase the world's food supply by one third.

Present in animal feed are about six elements that assimilate in the stomach during the digestive process. They enter the blood stream as life's growth factor. When these six elements are affected by heat damage, they do not combine in the stomach and simply pass through as waste.

From 35 years of haying experience and conversations with farmers, I've come to find that there are three grades of quality hay: good, questionable and hot. In our need to produce hay with less labor, the industry has built equipment to produce big bales of hay. These large bales restrict cooling ventilation, producing hot hay.

Feed loss and spontaneous combustion are obvious results of hot hay. But sinister results include poisonous yellow molds that weaken animals to a point where they succumb to health problems such as abortion, poor shedding, pneumonia and lung perforation. Animals sense poor quality roughage and don't eat enough to flush the digestive system. This causes E.coli bacteria to grow.

Too many animals and people are sickened or die from E.coli, toxic yellow molds and toxic secretions traced to animals feeding on hot hay. This is especially tragic since it can all be avoided and our world's food supply increased if we properly manage hay. Alternative storage methods must be used to ventilate hay for better cooling and drying.

Larry Zimmerman

1156 180th Ave. New Richmond, WI 54017
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Title Annotation:quality of hay
Publication:Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2001
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