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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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feeding silage to horses

During the winter our horses are sometimes (pastured) free housed with our Hereford moms and babies. They enjoy the freedom and companionship - especially with the babies. However, my son-in-law will soon begin feeding grass silage to the Herefords. Is it still safe to allow the horses in this free housing/pasture area, or will the silage be dangerous for them?

Where are you from? Pennsylvania

How did you locate this forum? web search

Re: feeding silage to horses

Hi Nancy,

Silage is often fed to horses in the UK without any consequence. There are commercial silage/haylage products that guard against mold through vacuum packaging. But, in your case, this precaution may not be in place.

Under most farm conditions there is a danger of mold during the grass fermentation, since it is moist. Mold is not as much a danger to cattle as it can be for horses. So, I would caution you against feeding it.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO