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practices are implemented. Probably the most common method of avoiding large package hay loss during feeding is to use a hay "ring" (pictured below) or other type of hay feeder, such as a wagon which has been modified to allow hay feeding. A number of cattle producers advocate unrolling large round bales for feeding. This willFile Size: KB. of access to large round bales of hay affects hay waste and cow performance. Prof. Effects of Round Bale Feeding Methods on Hay Waste and Animal Performance Author: ajsexten Created Date: 11/14/ AM File Size: 3MB. Large round bales are the most popular source of hay when winter feeding beef cattle. Unfortunately, these bales are subject to a variety of losses, including feeding loss. Research published in the Journal of Animal Science (, ) has shown feeding losses can be influenced by bale feeder design. aged, stored, and fed as large round hay. Storage losses of large round hay bales can range from 2 to 18% of the dry matter, depending on type of forage, storage method, environmental conditions, and length of time stored (Huhnke, ; Harrigan and Rotz, ). Little has been done to characterize losses of hay due to feed-.
cnb, we feed large bales often. As long as they were stored properly there should be no difference then small bales, of course that depends on the quality of the hay with any bales. Only issues with large bales I have seen is they are a pain to move and a bit more inconvenient to pull flakes off of and put in the pasture due to size. Hay--feeding round bales FYI: It has been determined that it is better to feed round bales of hay standing on end then it is to feed them lying on their side. Just some food for thought! SL. Diapers and Politian’s should be changer often, both for the same reason!! Top. salebarn junkie. The worst case scenario occurred with large round bales, fed free choice without any feeder structure. In this situation the cows wasted 43 percent of the hay offered! Unrolling large bales in the field didn't improve things much, if a week's worth was placed at a time; losses remained in the 40 percent range. 9. Reduce storage and feeding losses. Wasting hay, silage, or other stored feed is costly! On many farms the average storage loss for round bales of hay stored outside exceeds 30%, and feeding losses can easily be as high or higher. Minimizing waste with good management, forage testing, and ration formulation enhances feeding eﬃ ciency, animalFile Size: KB.
A low-labor system for feeding large round bales in hay rings is to group the bales in a corner of the pasture before winter to reduce labor, tractor use, and pasture. Bales are spaced on foot. Minimizing Storage and Feeding Losses of Round Bale Hay October Storing big round hay bales by lining them up along the fence row may be easy, but it is not economical. The production of hay uses a large amount of resources and the ration of . Large bales come in two types, round and square. Large square bales, which can weigh up to 1, kilograms (2, lb), can be stacked and are easier to transport on trucks. Large round bales, which typically weigh to kilograms (– lb), are more moisture-resistant, and pack the hay more densely (especially at the center). Alfalfa was harvested in large round bales or small square bales and storage and feeding losses were determined for different storage methods. Large bales were stored 1) in a barn; 2) outside in single rows and uncovered; 3) outside in two-high stacks and covered; and Cited by: