You don’t need to depend on anyone to produce good hay for your animals. With these four proven tips, you can prepare excellent quality hay, so your flock has an adequate supply of suitable feed for the winter.
1. Select the right equipment.
Successful hay preparation requires the use of the right equipment. Find a suitable tractor and equip it with the right devices, including mowers, discs, and a tedder. The great news is that all of these pieces of equipment, including hay rakes, are readily available for sale in most Australia farm equipment outlets.
2. Check moisture.
Desist from baling if the moisture content is too low or too high. Baling in these conditions results in loss of nutrients, besides increasing leaf shutter.
Moisture levels should be no more than 15 % for large square bales and a maximum of 20 % for other kinds of bales. Use a humidity meter and check the hay moisture before starting baling.
3. Check bale density.
To monitor the density of the bales, you’ll need a density gauge. Even then, make sure you check whether a bale has the right density by thumping it. The importance of the right density is to make sure that that the bale retains its shape, besides remaining secure from the elements.
4. Observe baler maintenance.
Once you are through baling, it’s important to make sure your equipment stays in top shape during the off-season. That is the only way to guarantee top performance when you need to use them again. You may opt to trade balers or simply get replacement parts from trusted dealers.
Preparing excellent quality hay does not need to be a challenging task, regardless of the shape or size of bales you’re looking to make. Ultimately, the process boils down to a few rules that preserve the hay’s quality and make it easy to store.