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post #21 of 25 Old 06-06-2012, 10:21 AM
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We just got in 500 bales from the field. It was cut, raked and baled for us and the area where 'our' 500 bales was laying was marked. The field owner sold 3000 bales and we all came and picked up the bales. We tried to get some kids to come help, but they all chickened out at the last minute so it was just hubby & me. It was a back breaker and when you consider we picked it up from the field, stacked it on the trailer and then unloaded it and stacked it at home, we handled about 1200 bales of hay in 2 days. ARRRRRGH!!!! Not something either one of us cares to do again, but looks like we will be in August this time. We also go through about 20 large round bales/year but we pick that up on a bale spike so it's not so labor intensive.

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post #22 of 25 Old 06-06-2012, 01:40 PM
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Love hearing the hay hauling stories! I have been putting up a bunch of square hay to sell up here the last 6 years and the past 2 years we have put up 8000 bales. They are lots of work but great to feed to the ponies and a guy can make a bit extra on the ones that you sell.

Like others have said lots of factors play into drying time, curing hay in the swath. Depends on how wide a haybine was used tempeature, wind etc. One rule of thumb that we use to test our hat is to just grab a handful and give it a twist between your hands. If it twists apart in 3 turns its probably good enough to start baling then test a few with the moisture tester to make sure the moisture is below 18%. Also I know that lots of people turn their hay but I don't unless I absolutely have to because I find that it can knock off some leaf from the hay and if the weather looks promising with a good breaze then we will just wait a bit longer for the entire swath to cure.

Good luck with the hay and if it is a good stand of hay your probably going to get well over your 200 bales you need. We did 40 acres at a neighbors place and we got 2500 60 lbs bales. It was a massive swath and probably the best hay crop we have had in years but you never know!!
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post #23 of 25 Old 06-06-2012, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by eclipseranch View Post
However, to cure totally properly it should not be fed immediately..letting it sit 4-6 weeks allows a curing process to happen.
You are not serious?

We've fed straight off the field.
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post #24 of 25 Old 06-06-2012, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by mls View Post
You are not serious?

We've fed straight off the field.
well to be more respectful..yes I am serious..with all do respect to me I did post that it doesn't happen around here either...but nutritional content does change and then deteriorate over a period of time rendering year old hay to have way less nutritional value. Have a great day!

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post #25 of 25 Old 06-06-2012, 02:28 PM
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oops double post.. going out to feed have a blessed day horse forum =))

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