Brian Cady wrote:
I wonder if hay could be harvested loose, then baled in the barn when it's not sunny and dry out, to avoid loose hay fires and to spread some of the work out.
Gordon Haverland wrote:I can see where loose hay production methods probably keep more of the leaves in the product; compared to producing bales. Forage harvesters have long been considered an alternative (at least in the eyes of salespeople). Presumably this involves fermentation in the storage of the haylage/forage. And I have looked at lactofermentation of vegetables in the past. So, it at least seems possible that forage/halylage could get more of the nutrients than baling, and make more digestible nutrients. Why don't people follow this route? (Yes, I have not studied this, and I am taking the easy way out asking a question.)
Skandi Rogers wrote:Travis that price you keep saying for a baler is insane! I just had a look in our local adverts and they ranged between $39k for a under 10 year old round baler to $2.3k for an older small baler and of course everywhere in-between. I would never want to use loose hay it takes a ton of room is very hard to move and hard to use. (here round bales that have been outside uncovered and gotten wet are not saleable as they do develop mold on the outside)