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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
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.