Posts Categorized: Storing Hay

The Effects Of Weathering On Hay

June 24th, 2016 - SEOTERIC
Large round bales of hay covered by hut

Hay has long been the most commonly used food for livestock across the country. Unfortunately, great losses are common as well, especially in areas where rainfall amounts are high. Statistics reveal that 10 percent of the cost of livestock production comes from hay storage and feeding losses. Despite these high numbers, many people don’t realize how much hay loss they actually experience. Weathering is the major reason for this type of loss. This condition occurs when the bales are stored outside and become exposed to the elements. The longer weathering occurs, the greater the loss. It is important for anyone who feeds their animals hay to understand how weathering can be so damaging and how bales can be safely stored.

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Preventing Hay Fires

June 16th, 2016 - SEOTERIC
Hay bales stacked in a field

A fire can destroy your hay inventory or barn and end up costing you thousands. This would be an unfortunate situation, especially because most hay fires are preventable. You should understand how hay fires start in order to prevent them. The following information will help you prevent a devastating loss due to hay fires.

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3 Things You Need To Know About Using Moldy Hay

May 27th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Whenever there is a wet summer, pastures grow at extraordinary rates and ranchers have more than enough hay. Although rain brings a good crop, it also brings increasing amounts of mold. The more that grass is rained on, the more likely mold is to appear.

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3 Tips For Handling And Storing Wet Hay

May 12th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

When your hay gets wet, you may face a number of issues that affect its quality and safety. However, there are ways to handle and store wet hay that can minimize these problems. First, you must decide whether or not to bale the wet hay. Next, you must understand the issues that can arise from wet hay. The last tip you can use to handle hay is to know how to properly store it to prevent exposure to moisture.

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Harvesting and Storing Hay: What You Need To Know

April 28th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

It takes a great deal of effort to produce and manage a good quality hay. Harvest time is critical as you must harvest at the right stage of growth and during ideal weather conditions. Your livestock also need high quality hay and supplements to thrive. Storing your hay properly is crucial to maintaining its quality. If the product gets damp, then it can mold or ferment. In addition, the hay will lose nutrients when exposed to the elements. It is important to understand how to harvest hay correctly and how to properly store it so you can produce a high quality product.

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3 Tips For Storing Hay In Winter

April 28th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

If you are working hard this summer to produce hay, you are probably thinking about how you will store it once winter comes around. There are four things you should consider to help you get the most out of your product during the winter months. These considerations include how to store hay bales, proper baling techniques, and feeding your livestock.

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