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post #1 of 8 Old 07-23-2011, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question How many sm. square bales are equal to round bales?

What is the typical equivalent number of small square hay bales (about 70 lbs.) to a 3x4 and a 4x4 round bale?
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What is the typical equivalent number of small square hay bales (about 70 lbs.) to a 3x4 and a 4x4 round bale?
When they used to round bale my field, as well, square bale it,...,
It was about 10-12 square bales to make 1 round bale.
I don't know the weights, 1 square probably weighed 40+ lbs.
The round bales were of an 'average' size to me.
They compared (from an eye ball stand point) to be roughly the same size of other round bales I had purchased in the past.

Does that make sense??
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Yes. Thanks :) Do you think that your round bales were roughly 3x4 or 4x4?
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It depends entirely on weight. Small squares around here average 60-65 pounds, the current 4x4 round bales we are getting average 1700 pounds so 1 round bale = about 27 square bales.

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Yes. Thanks :)
Do you think that your round bales were roughly 3x4 or 4x4?
Probably 4x4.
And my square bales may have weighed more,...,
I could lift them,.., so I know they might have weighed 50-60 lbs,.., come to think of it??...
It's been a few years ago that we were involved in doing that.

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the current 4x4 round bales we are getting average 1700 pounds .

ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No 4x4 rd bale of dry hay ever weighed 1700 lb of any type of hay. Try more like 350-500lb.
4x5 bales 400-800lb
5x5 bales 800-1200
5x6 bales 1000-1600

Small squares are anywhere from 25-145

The whole how many bales per bale argument is flawed and useless. Quote both hay types by the ton and you have a valid argument.
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What is the typical equivalent number of small square hay bales (about 70 lbs.) to a 3x4 and a 4x4 round bale?
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It depends entirely on weight. Small squares around here average 60-65 pounds,
The current 4x4 round bales we are getting average 1700 pounds so 1 round bale = about 27 square bales.
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ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No 4x4 rd bale of dry hay ever weighed 1700 lb of any type of hay.
Try more like 350-500lb.
4x5 bales 400-800lb
5x5 bales 800-1200
5x6 bales 1000-1600

Small squares are anywhere from 25-145

The whole how many bales per bale argument is flawed and useless.
quote both hay types by the ton and you have a valid argument.

Based on my personal experience, baling our 6 acre, orchard grass/ ladina clover mix hay field,...,
We would roughly get 250-260 square bales, or about 25-27 round bales.
That equals about 10-12 square bales /per/ 1 round bale.

Hope that helps OP
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I was also curious about this because we will have no means of moving round bales this winter. We will have to use small square bales. My guess was going to be about 12 to 15 smalls per round bale.

Another thing to consider with round bales vs. small square bales is that usually round bales are kept outside and small bales are kept inside, at least around here they are. When outdoors, the sun, rain and dust make the outer layer of round bales useless and waste. If the bale has been left for a long time, the bottom of the bale could be bad. Using hay stored inside would have less waste from of the elements. To eliminate more waste you should use a feeder.

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