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Round bales stored outside

Postby herofan » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:46 pm

For those of you who store round bales outside for a season, do you put them directly on the ground or put them on something to avoid direct contact?
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Re: Round bales stored outside

Postby Tonka » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:52 pm

You will get less rot on the bottom if you can get them up off the ground.
I use #3 rock , works pretty well.
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Postby BRYANT » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:05 pm

on the ground and I have fed some that were bailed tight with a JD bailer that were 4. 1/2 years old. knock the outside off and hay still good.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:09 pm

I store on the ground. Pushed together flat side to flat side as tight as I can get them. Net wrapped. Never let the round side be touching. Never stack them unless you have a REALLY, REALLY good way to KEEP them covered, never getting any holes in the cover.
Upstate NY has a lot of moisture. At most, the bottom 2" gets spoiled. About 1" around the outside gets "weathered", but the cows eat pretty much all of it. Inside and ends are like being stored in the barn.
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Postby Rafter S » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:15 pm

What Jeanne said works here in SE Texas too. Regarding not letting the round sides touch; I like to leave walking room between rows.
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Re: Round bales stored outside

Postby Bigfoot » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:12 pm

I post this all the time, so I might as well again. A neighbor down the road, had 10 or 12 cows, and put up 40 or 50 rolls. He would lay two light poles down side by side. Maybe left an 18"gap. He would then lay a sheet of old tin on top the hay roll. Weighted the tin down with tires and concrete blocks. It looked like it'd been stored inside, when he fed it. That'd work for a few head. Not sure if Id want to go that route if I had many to feed.
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Re: Round bales stored outside

Postby snoopdog » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:50 pm

Twine wrapped won't last very long on the ground , you will lose 30% . Ive used 4x4s to get them off the ground and tarped, like having it in a barn. Stack as mentioned tight, flat to flat, whichever way your prevailing winds blow, usually north and south.
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Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:59 pm

We put ours on pallets, two pallets for every three bales. When we feed them, the bottom looks just like when it was baled, no spoilage
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Postby Caustic Burno » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:02 pm

I am going to shrink wrap some as experiment this year.
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Postby True Grit Farms » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:18 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:I am going to shrink wrap some as experiment this year.


Save your time and money. When it rains the water sits in the bottom of the bale. And don't use white unless your making silage, the whole bale will be slimy for about 1" all the way to the ground.
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Re: Round bales stored outside

Postby Caustic Burno » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:24 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:
Caustic Burno wrote:I am going to shrink wrap some as experiment this year.


Save your time and money. When it rains the water sits in the bottom of the bale. And don't use white unless your making silage, the whole bale will be slimy for about 1" all the way to the ground.



Good to know these were what I was looking at as well.

http://farmbagsupplystore.com/baleoverslips.html
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Re: Round bales stored outside

Postby 1982vett » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:29 pm

I used to store outside on cross ties and old light poles covered with Bale Bonnets

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Re: Round bales stored outside

Postby bird dog » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:18 pm

If outside on the ground, your location makes all the difference in the world. Stack as Jeanne suggests but put them on a moderate slope where the rain will wash down between the rows of bales. If the sun shines through these same rows, all the better.

The moisture has to be able to move away from the bale to minimize the water from leaching up from the bottom.
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Re: Round bales stored outside

Postby herofan » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:32 pm

Bigfoot wrote:I post this all the time, so I might as well again. A neighbor down the road, had 10 or 12 cows, and put up 40 or 50 rolls. He would lay two light poles down side by side. Maybe left an 18"gap. He would then lay a sheet of old tin on top the hay roll. Weighted the tin down with tires and concrete blocks. It looked like it'd been stored inside, when he fed it. That'd work for a few head. Not sure if Id want to go that route if I had many to feed.


I know some people with a few bales who do a similar thing, but I’m with you, It’s not as doable with a larger number. Most people I know just put them directly on the ground.
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Re: Round bales stored outside

Postby Farmgirl » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:50 pm

We use these. Work very well. Have used them for 2 or 3 years and will get several more years out of them.

http://hayanchor.com/

https://www.gemplers.com/product/G53701/8L-Ball-Bungees

Hay tarps don't move with these products.


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