There was a time when I didn't know
the difference between hay and straw.
Then I thought I did.
Now I am not sure.
'Straw' in Australia is usually from wheat.
It is what is left after they take the heads off.
It is bailed up and sold off.
It makes great mulch, animal bedding and
you can build whole houses out of it...
It has little value, nutritionally, and
can't be used as stock feed.
See...I sound as if I know what I am talking about.
This is wheat straw....
Many people do not recommend it for use in the hen house
because the hollow stems are a haven for mites and lice.
Now this one is hay.
It is made from cutting the dry grass/pasture in Summer.
It often contains grass seeds and doesn't make good garden mulch...
unless you really like weeding.
Hay is a good source of nutrition for
livestock. There are different types
of hay and it varies in quality.
Goats are quite happy and healthy
on low grade/cheap hay.
This week when I went to the food and grain store
and bought both hay and straw I was given 'oaten hay'.
Hay made from oats. However, it looks like straw.
I know this is a picture of the hay, even though it looks like straw
because it has a few oat seed heads in it.
I raked out the goat house, spread the straw and filled up the feeder with hay...I think. But Bubba and Bazza ate their bed and left the feeder full.
Somebody is confused.
I hope they don't try to climb into the feeder
and sleep there...that would really be the last straw...
or the last hay (????).