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    anonymous
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    We run a riding school & stud and therefore use a lot of hay each year. We grow a some ourselves but also have to buy in the rest. Could anyone explain the different bale sizes that are available. Traditional small bales we all know but what about D1000’s etc…. what are these and how many of each do you get to a ton
    Grateful for any advice

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    There are many different sizes available. They are usually measured in cms width x height and length can be varied to suit as required anything between 1 metre to 2.5 metres long. The following figures might help:-
    80 X 47 New Holland BB920
    80 X 50 Claas Quadrant 1150
    80 X 70 New Holland D1000
    Welger D4000
    Case 530
    Vicon???
    McCormick???
    80 X 80 John Deere 680
    Krone 8080
    80 X 88 Hesston 4750
    Hesston 4755
    MF 185
    New Holland D1010
    New Holland BB940
    120 X 70 Claas Quadrant 1200
    Claas Quadrant 2200
    Welger D6000
    Case 540
    Vicon???
    McCormick???
    120 X 80 John Deere 690
    Krone 12080
    120 X 85 Case 550
    McCormick???
    120 X 90 MF 187
    New Holland BB960
    120 X 127 Hesston 4900
    MF 190
    New Holland BB980

    I think these figures are all correct but quoting a figure for weight is not easy as it depends on the condition of the crop, density of the bale, bale size, bale length, etc, etc. As a rough guide a bale 80 x 70/80/90 x 2.5 metres long would weigh approx 350 kgs.

    If you are making hay of your own grass have you considered square bale haylage. Wrapping costs are quite high as extra film is required but the resulting feed is much improved compared to hay. It is very easy to fill hay nets etc from sq bales, and alot of the common coughing problems associated with feeding dry hay to horses are reduced if not eliminated. Bale length will have to be reduced as most wrappers will not wrap a 2.5 metre bale, but these bales would take alot of handling anyway. Once opened a bale will last about 4 to 5 days before it starts to go off. If you have got quite a few horses they will eat a bale in that time anyway.

    Hope this is of help.

    Phil

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    anonymous
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    The only way to buy in is by the ton..not No. of bales.

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