Straw Is Not

It is common for people to confuse straw with hay. While bales of the two are the same size and shape, they are different substances. Hay refers to any combination of field grasses that are grown to maturity, cut while still relatively green, and baled to use as livestock feed when fresh grasses are not available. High in moisture content, food energy — a full course meal for critters big and small! — and having the potential to sustain microbial activity that can cause rotting and mold, hay is not what you want in your walls. Build your house with straw. Feed the hay to your livestock!

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