Grass clippings as hay?

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  1. mailman

    mailman Miniature Cattle

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    Hello, I was wondering if anyone knew if I could use my grass clippings from my riding mower that I pick up with a yard sweeper as hay once it has dried in the sun? No chemicals are used on the lawn. I would like to use it as feed for Dexter cattle and sheep. Thank you in advance....Dennis
     
  2. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Yes but its pretty low in protein and energy. Waste not want not, you can always suppliment.
     

  3. Thumper/inOkla.

    Thumper/inOkla. Well-Known Member

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    The tip of the day for this is: it needs to dry as flat, unclumped, and fast as possible, if it rains on them don't feed them, if you have a place to use as a "hay barn" it can be stored when dry just in piles or in chicken wire racks, the greener it is the better the food value, but think of it as cheap filler, and give it free choice. Mold is quick to grow on mowed grass because it gets so beat up by the blades and mower deck, so get it dry and keep it that way. If it is stored, it should smell good when fed out, if not, it many have gone strange.