Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I like to have my tarp only come half-way down my stack, if that, to promote air flow. In winter, we don't bother to tarp. It's cold enough here that the snow doesn't melt for 5 solid months. Snow does nothing to hay until it melts. We still go through one tarp per year due to the wind, and that's a hardy black/silver hay tarp - silver side up, of course. Reflect that sun back off my hay!
As long as the farmer has baled correctly, we never get mold. We feed out 10 1000lb bales by the flake every 6 - 8 weeks for our herd of 8 -10.