How To Roll Perfectly Formed Hay Bales

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Large round bales of hay covered by hut

For hay producers, it can be satisfying to see a field of perfectly rolled hay bales, but what is the secret to neatly formed bales? There are a few of things you can do to ensure you form the perfect hay bales for your customers. These methods include having evenly distributed windrows, paying attention to the density of your bales, and other important tips.

Make sure you have evenly distributed windrows

A huge part of creating well formed hay bales begins in the windrow. The windrows should be evenly spread across the chamber of the bundles. This even distribution is the key to full, perfectly formed bales. If the windrow is not distributed evenly, you will have a hay bale that is light in some areas while heavy in others.

When harvesting, make sure your windrows will match the fit of the bale chamber and that they weave properly. Making sure the same quantity of hay is under every belt is what produces an evenly distributed windrow. It is good to be familiar with your baler belts, as well.

Check for proper hay bale density

Another essential aspect of forming perfect bales is making sure you are using the right baler density settings. The correct settings will ensure that your hay bales are tight. Sometimes, adjustments have to be made to the twine or net to keep the tension right. These adjustments will keep the bale from getting larger when it is being released. Bales that are too large can lead to a loss in production.

The bale can also have a density that is too low. When the density is low, the appearance of the bale will be subpar. There are a few remedies to the problem of low density. You can increase the target force, or if the force is too high, you can use stronger twine and decrease the target force. You can also install more side hay resistors on both sides of the compression doors.

Important baling tips to remember

Keep in mind that moisture levels should be just right when you begin baling your hay. If the moisture is too high or too low, it can cause some serious problems. Keep the baler as full as you can so that the hay bales roll as few times as necessary. Remember to monitor hay bale density and make any necessary adjustments throughout the process.

If you would like to learn more about hay and feed for your livestock, contact SB Hay & Feed in Amarillo, Texas. Call us today at (800) 652-3036 or Contact Us by email for more information. We will be happy to answer your questions and help direct you to the right products for your animals. You can also see the hay we have available to buy or sell your own!