Exploring the pasture
- Jul 17, 2019
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- Western North Carolina
It is a disease of the lungs due to an 'allergy' to moulds/dust in hay/silage etc. Causes coughing and progressive shortness of breath. Most of us won't be affected, but there's no knowing who may be sensitive, so best to avoid contact with mouldy stuff by wearing a mask during handling.What is Farmer's Lung, please?
Yep, I'd leave it alone. I don't worry too much about molds here...I've seen my sheep EAT moldy hay like it's candy, preferring it over fresh, good quality hay. That hay was 20 yrs old and had been in an old barn all those years but the sheep AND the neighbor's cattle broke down a fence and dug under tarps to eat it. I had stored it to use on the garden and had always heard moldy hay was taboo for sheep....until I saw my sheep eating it with no problem whatsoever.So if you found some mold in the wet lower layers of bedding, would you leave it alone? How do you know if it's a potential hazard?
Its always a good idea to properly fix the bedding... there is nothing as too warm for the animals, the cold weather is the issue. hope they are doing fine... have a great day.Congratulations on the new animals! I don’t have sheep, but I love my goats to pieces!! And I’m glad you were able to clean out their bedding pretty easily.