Make The Most Out Of Haymaking Season

While modern machinery does make it a lot easier to make hay, it’s still important that you’re on top of the season when summer starts to rear its head. You need to be able to predict the best time to start making hay and you need to know when to bale. The better you are at haying, the more feed you’ll have for stock and the easier your year will tend to be.

Using the right machinery is incredibly important too. Modern farming equipment allows you to make every step of the haying process an absolute breeze. Follow a few of these tips and get the most out of haying season.

Predicting haying weather

Cut hay based on the weather rather than a date. Try to cut when there is little chance for rain. The sooner you can cut then the more chance the grass has to regrow for the next cutting. Also look forward to windier days that can help the hay to dry out and cure while it’s lying in the field.

Small balers vs large balers

Small balers offer the advantage of being easier to handle and are a common choice for many farmers dealing with smaller herds. Balers that create small bales are still manufactured, but a lot of farmers make do with old, well-serviced equipment that does the job. As water washes the nutrients out of the hay and often leads to rot and mould, small bales benefit from being stored under cover or in a hayrick – even tarpaulins are used to protect smaller bales from the rain.

Large bales mean better protection from the elements and can be left outside without protection until they are consumed. Modern farming machinery makes these larger bales far easier to create. Farmers in wet areas might still try to keep bales undercover to protect them from damage.

Deciding between round and square hay bales

Round and square bales are quite common, both require trucks or machinery to be transported and each has its own advantages. Square bales are often heavier, weighing up to 1,000 kilograms, and can be stacked easily while round bales are more moisture resistant and densely packed.

Larger balers require more powerful tractors to pull them, but the benefits for medium-large farms are quite obvious. Protecting hay from the elements and with less stringent storage requirements, it often pays to invest in a large square or round baler for haying season.

Get the most out of haying season with the right machinery and by carefully planning around the weather. Protect your hay from the elements and enjoy better-fed livestock and less stress worrying about caring for your herd.

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