Which is better straw or hay?

Hay tends to lay flat and pack down, so it decomposes fairly quickly. It also has more of a sponge effect than straw does, which means that in heavy rainfalls, it buffers or slows down the amount of rain that soaks into the soil to help prevent erosion and leeching of nutrients.

Why is straw better than hay?

Straw is dried out and works well for building nests and providing cushioning for animals to sleep in. It is not moist like hay and is unlikely to mold. Straw is also more practical to use as bedding than hay is, because of its lower cost.

Do animals eat hay or straw?

Straw is used mainly for animal bedding. Although straw is also used as fodder, particularly as a source of dietary fiber, it has lower nutritional value than hay. It is the leaf and seed material in the hay that determines its quality, because they contain more of the nutrition value for the animal than the stems do.

Do horses eat hay or straw?

Do horses eat straw? Although straw is often not the most palatable source of fibre, most horses will eat it, particularly if they are on a restricted diet. It can easily be mixed in with hay and soaked or steamed if necessary.

Is Straw cheaper than hay?

Straw is far less expensive than hay in our area, selling for under $4/square bale. Since hay is more nutritious but more expensive, we buy hay solely for the horses to eat. Since straw is cheaper, dried and therefore less likely to mold or attract moisture, we buy straw for the backyard chicken coop and nesting boxes.

Why do farmers leave hay bales in the field?

If they are scattered around the field the farmer is just waiting for a convenient time to pick them up and move them. If lined up along the edge of the field they are being stored there. Big round bales can handle being left outside, and even if the outside looks weathered the inside will be good for a year or longer.

Is it worth wrapping dry hay?

Wrapping dry hay allows farmers to protect feed from the weather without building more structures. Some farmers believe that more layers, up to six, are well worth the extra cost. A thicker barrier is more dependable than a thin one, but more costly.

What do farmers use hay bales for?

In conclusion: hay bales are a feed source for ruminant animals made from a variety of forage crops. This is not to be confused with straw, which is not as nutritious and is instead used as bedding for livestock.

What do farmers use straw for?

A bale of straw can be used as a planting medium for garden vegetables. A wet bale of straw will decay from the inside out, providing a fertile bed for crops from potatoes to herbs. Straw is often used as insulation for protecting crops that grow through the winter.

Do termites eat straw?

Termites DO eat straw and hay, but only if it’s moist. Keep it off the ground, keep it bone dry, make sure whatever you have holding it off the ground is AND STAYS bone dry, and you won’t have any trouble from termites.

Which is better for chickens hay or straw?

NEVER use hay as coop bedding. Hay is livestock feed, straw is livestock bedding. Hay is too “green” and tends to harbor mold and bacteria which is extremely detrimental to poultry health.

What is straw good for?

Straw can make great mulch, defer water from newly planted seeds/young plants, or create cold frames, garden paths, bale gardens, or new garden beds. Setting the bale upward cut side out, allows the straw to decompose while your plants benefit from the nutrients derived from decomposition.

Why do you put straw down to grow grass?

Not only does straw keep grass seed moist and warm, it also keeps the seed from blowing around on windy days or washing away during heavy rainstorms watering. Straw also discourages birds and small mammals from feasting on the seed. As it decomposes, the straw contributes valuable nutrients to the soil.

Does Straw kill grass?

You can kill areas of unwanted grass without poisoning the soil, and all you’ll need is cardboard and straw. You can kill areas of unwanted grass without poisoning the soil, and all you’ll need is cardboard and straw.

Does Straw have any nutritional value?

What is the nutritive value of straw? Straws are typically high in fiber and low in crude protein and energy making them an excellent forage in situations where dietary energy or protein dilution is desired.