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Using hay that was fertilised with Hog excrement

I have been told by one source that I should not use hay that has been sprayed with hog waste. I was told by another that hog waste is actually lower in nitrates than commercial fertiliser.

As we are in a drought situation I need hay and the best hay is from the hog farmer.

Do you know of any reason I should not use this hay?

Thank you!


Where are you from? Kinston, NC

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Re: Using hay that was fertilised with Hog excrement

Hello Wayne,

If the hog waste has been heat treated then it would not be a problem feeding hay that has been fertilized with it. But, if it is still in its "raw" state, it can carry harmful bacteria which can make your horse very, very ill.

So, you would want to find out how the hog waste has been processed before used as a fertilizer.

I would be interested to hear what you learn.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO