|This is 100 bales on the truck - 50 for us!|
But for the time being, it has to be stacked here on the covered porch, tucked behind the wisteria:
It will need to be moved up to the hay loft:
But my hay elevator is still in its winter home behind the barn!
This straw is from a dairy farm on Vancouver Island. It's stored in a huge loft above the cows and stays nice and dry. Last August I bought 2012 straw from this farm and had it tested. I was so worried that it might be high in sugar and starch but turned out it was pretty perfect for the donkeys. If anyone would like a copy of the analysis, leave a comment or send me an email and I'll send you the report.
It is so hard to keep weight off minis! But now I understand the difference between fat and bulk. Fat is stored in the neck crest, the saddle area and the rump. Bulk, which I define as roughage passing through the gut, can make the donkeys look very round (oil drum on legs?) but it's not actually "fat."
They need this roughage as a protection against the hydrochloric acid which is constantly being produced by the stomach. The digestive tract needs to be active most of the time. So straw, which is low in calories, protein and sugar is fantastic added to a basic diet of minimal grass, browse and hay.