Countering Heat Damage To Moist Hay
Did you bale some first cutting hay a little tough due to high humidity and frequent rain showers? If so, it could mold, spoil, or suffer heat damage.
Excessive heat can cause hay to be less digestible, especially the protein. Heat-damaged hay often turns a brownish color and has a sweet caramel odor. Cattle often eat this hay readily, but because of the heat damage, its nutritional value might be low.