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A Pleasant Chat About Hay

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M$WL JUgBS. In expending our httle bay ot hay - a 12 feet cube, or thereabouts - I find each horseload reminds ine by its peculiar herbage of the part of the meadow it came froni, and the circuoietances of its gathering in the regular iuverted sequence oí the hay harvest. The loads that were perfectly cured give an account of theniselves in a more aromatic sweetneaa Those that were stored with a risky excess of nioisture teil the tale in a volume of fine tnusty dust, especially in the middle of the mow. The heat there was undoubtedly near the scaldingpoint ; the hay shows a dull, browniah-green tint, and has beconie very dry and brittle. The sugary gums and dried juices belonging to hay in its best condition, and tonding to preserve the weight and strength of its fibre, seem to have been quite oonaumed in the interior parta of some of the loads so that the young ones in one stormy day, with a jumping frolio, may reduce a whole foddering to the lightest chaff. The outsiJe is in better condition, showing that, if I had taken the precaution to provide one or several small air holes from the bottom upward, as by puiling up gmall pieoes of joist while the hay was being filled in, this waste of the richer and more appetizing portions of the fodder might have been prevented. A partial reinedy in the use of sueh hay is to sprinkle each foddering with water several hours before it is wanted - a pail of water, say, for ten or twelve animáis. If the hay is line, whatever provender is fed may be miugled with it, layer by layer, adding more water froin the nose of the water pot, - this without a slop upon a clean barn floor, or making the mixture heavier than wilted grass The water alone will settle the dust and develop anew whatever of l'ragiance the hay may be capable of yielding. The improvement is as obvious as that produced in stale bread by steaming or heating in an oven with a moist cloth. It is a similar dampening by the weather thai makes rough and musty fodder thrown from the stack more acceptable to cattle sometimes than the best dry hay would


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Michigan Argus