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Ep. 025: How to Plan for Hay Needs and Useful Storage Tips to Avoid Hay Loss


Dr. Tania Cubitt


Hailing originally from Australia, Dr. Tania Cubitt is one of Standlee’s resident nutrition experts, with both technical and practical life experience. She has a PhD in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech and raises black angus cattle, along with a few goats in Virginia.

Katy Starr


From the western state of Idaho, Katy Starr works as a marketing consultant for Standlee Premium Western Forage, focusing on nutritional content. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agribusiness from the University of Idaho, and partners with her husband in raising a small commercial cattle herd and their three girls.

Episode Details

On this episode, co-hosts Dr. Tania Cubitt and Katy Starr chat about: • How to figure out how much hay you’ll need through the cold, winter months • How much space do you need to plan for to store hay? • How barn fires happen with stored hay and how to prevent them • How long will properly stored hay last? Looking for an enjoyable holiday experience to share with your horse friends, 4-H/FFA/Pony Club members or kids/grandkids? Dr. Cubitt shares a fun recipe she found that’s sure to be a hit 🎄 Have any topics you want to hear more about? Let us know at

Episode Notes

**Announcement - We'll be taking a short holiday break so there will not be a new episode, Tuesday December 21st. Episode 26 will release Tuesday, January 4th. 


30:35 – A fun holiday experience to share with your horse friends, 4-H/FFA/Pony Club members or kids/grandkids – make your own horse cookies:

32:44 – How many years hay will store for and how much dry matter loss occurs (see table 1) -


Additional Resources:

  1. “Hay Storage for Safety and to Prevent Loss” blog post -
  2. “How Much Hay You Need to Store for the Winter Months – Prepping Now” blog post -



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