Managing hay waste starts at beginning

Managing hay waste starts at beginning

Kylene Scott

High Plains Journal

Hay wastage can start from the moment hay is baled, and ultimately it will determine the bale’s life in storage, movement and eventually feeding. Whether the round bale is tied with string or wrapped with netting there is still going to be some loss from weathering. Researchers say deterioration normally occurs within the outside 2 to 8 inches. For 2 inches it could be as much as 10 percent of the bale’s dry matter that could be lost.

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