Baleage 101

Baleage, also known as haylage or baled silage, occurs when you bail hay at a moisture level between 45 and 65 percent with a round baler and then have it sealed tightly in a plastic bale bag to keep oxygen out. This prevents rotting and allows for fermentation that naturally occurs in livestock’s digestive system. A hole the size of a penny in the plastic wrap can cause serious rot in your hay.

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How To Get Rid Of Wet Hay

Wet, rotting hay is not something you want around, and is especially something you want to avoid feeding to your livestock. Like any organic material acts, hay will begin to rot quickly when exposed to warm air, water, and oxygen. It’s the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, so be careful!

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Hay Storage: Important Do’s and Don’ts

When it comes to storing your hay, nothing can be done halfway. It is important to take great care when storing hay bales in order to avoid possible spoilage, fire, or other unwanted circumstances.  Make your hay last and remain high-quality by following the do’s and don’ts below!

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Bale Grazing

Bale grazing has become an efficient way to feed cattle during winter months for many ranchers in colder regions of the U.S. By setting out evenly spaced bales in a field for cattle to graze, the waste from feeding and manure from cows can fertilize multiple fields during a winter. The bales, set out every two to four weeks, retain their nutrients because of the cold weather and lack of moisture. This method uses less land than stockpile or swath grazing would and can save ranchers valuable time. Many who utilize bale grazing suggest starting with just a few fields and a short period when first trying this method, as well as to be aware when the winter will end and thawing periods start.

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A Healthy Cows Diet

A Healthy Cows Diet

Your cattle’s health has a direct causal relationship with the diet they receive. They need distinct ingredients in the makeup of their diet in order to grow into a healthy cow. Beef cattle require a mix of proteins, minerals, and vitamins in their diet. A cow can extract protein from plants such as Timothy grass, and also get their protein from legumes such as alfalfa hay. Minerals such as zinc, copper, and iodine are essential to a cow’s health and can be found in their feed. Making sure the feed is grown from quality soil is important in making sure there are enough nutrients in the feed. Vitamins A, D, and E are also important to a cows diet and can be found in quality feed.

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Alfalfa Hay Industry Forecast

Global Alfalfa Hay Forecasts

Looking at the future of the Alfalfa Hay production and distribution industry is important for hay farmers to at least consider when choosing what crops to grow. Fortunately, this particular market is continuing to grow around the world, and the United States is positioned as a key exporter. According to Mordor Intelligence, the compound annual growth rate of the global Alfalfa Hay market will be 7.3% from 2018 to 2023.

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Advances in the Hay Industry

Advances in the Hay Industry

A particular tech has recently flooded the agricultural industry. It has been nearly 2 and a half years since the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration released commercial drone regulations, and since, drones have become more and more popular in farming. Munich Reinsurance America Inc. found that 74% of U.S. farmers currently use or are considering using drones to manage farms. These drones can be particularly useful for mobile surveillance and pesticide spreading. Imagine the time a farmer saves being able to check all of his hay for hail damage from one location.

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Know Your Hay

Know your hay!

We can define hay as feed for animals that are typically composed of dried grasses, legumes (not beans!), and grain straw. Hay is meant to replace the need for grazing, especially during winter or times when pastures are not optimal for grazing.

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The Dangers of Mold and Dust

The Dangers of Mold and Dust

Hay is at risk for mold and dust contamination. If you are looking to sell hay to livestock owners across the United States, there are a few key things to watch out for in hay that will protect your livestock from sickness.

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Buying Hay & Feed Online

Buying Hay & Feed online

Farmers all across America experience seasons of shortage and seasons of abundance when it comes to producing hay and feed for their animals. In times of shortage, how can farmers find great quality, fairly priced hay and feed? In time of abundance, where can farmers sell their hay and feed to make a profit? An increasingly popular option has been buying and selling hay and feed online. Online, farmers can connect with a large group of individuals searching for or selling hay and feed in order to find the best deal.

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