Mold levels on an Equi-Analytical test results

Eleanor Kellon, VMD

What is the moisture content of the hay? I agree it's questionable, at best, right now but if it is over 10  - 13% moisture it's just going to get worse.

You should also buy a bale and evaluate it physically. Does it send up a cloud when you break open the flakes?  Does it smell fresh or is it musty?
Eleanor in PA 
EC Owner 2001
The first step to wisdom is "I don't know."


My neighbor and I are looking at buying hay that had been rained on, then dried in the field before baling.  She sent in a sample for testing at Equi-Analytical.  The test shows a mold count of  cfu/g 9,700,000", (as fed).   Is this not good?   We don't think so, but we'd like some input on this.  The ESC/starch is 5.5% and protein is 10.5.  My neighbor said she was told that 1,000,000 cfu/g is at the bottom of "fairly safe".  She had a custom test done, so I'm thinking that's by wet chem?
Ronelle and Yoyo
2015 Bend, Or, US