I bought 2 bags today and I'm wondering how old they are. I thought it would be a nicer quality, when I pull it apart it's quite dusty. It doesn't smell bad but it doesn't have a nice hay smell either.
Just wondering what other people's experience is with it, is mine old or is it supposed to look brown and be dusty?
As a world-renowned expert on dust, I would argue that dusty food is something one should avoid feeding to any sentient being, whether it's "supposed" to look like that or not, unless you want to bum them out.
Not that you asked, but I feed bagged alfalfa haylage (Chaffhaye) to one of my peri-geriatrics who's had a few teeth out. It's moist and all my horses are batso for it.
Last edited by The Crone of Cottonmouth County; Nov. 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM.
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I just started looking into this this other day to try to stretch my hay supply, but haven't bought any yet. I do know that it's brown instead of green because of the molasses that's added to it, so that part wouldn't concern me. The dusty part would at least make me call the company and ask though. Even in their video that I watched it says that it's supposed to be dust-free because of how it's dried and bagged.
It's not about the color of the ribbon but the quality of the ride. Having said that, I'd like the blue one please!
I used to feed the Lucerne brand but got tired of the bags being so inconsistent (super dry/crunchy to completely drenched) not to mention the tiny rocks I kept finding (once I found the third one I figured it was just another reason to switch). I now use the Triple Crown equivalent and haven't had one problem. Bags are consistent and I haven't found any rocks (which the Lucerne sales rep said was normal - um no thanks)!
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I used it for a long time as a lunch-type snack for my TB. The bags never smelled quite as nice as a bale of hay, but it was never dusty when I used it. From time to time, I saw some inconsistencies in the texture of the hay, but I never had to throw out/return a bag. And my horse always liked it- he prefers a fresh bale of alfalfa, but happily eats the bagged hay.
Bought it for my old guy who loved it - it is definitely more brown than green, and smells like a combination of sweet feed (because of the molasses) and hay to me, but I never noticed any dustiness at all. Had some left after he passed (in April) and have been doling it out by the handful to the new girl - still looks and smells exactly as it did when first purchased, and she adores it.
Definitely sounds like you got a bad bag, and I'd call your feed supplier about it, OP.
Oh, and my guy didn't particularly like it if I added water, either - he had pretty bad teeth, but the Alfa Supreme worked out well for him. (Also tried the TC Alfalfa forage and found it a bit coarser and felt damp/sticky to me - he didn't like it much. He liked the TNT Alfalfa/Timothy Chops from Tractor Supply, but those did seem a bit dustier than the Lucerne product and I couldn't find the straight alfalfa formula locally.)