Weight of hay rolls

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Weight of hay rolls

Postby kenny thomas » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:19 pm

How many of you ever weighed any of your hay rolls. I weighed 3 rolls that were supposed to be very close in size but from 3 different rollers and they were 700, 760, and 1000lbs. Hard to buy, sell, or even figure out what's needed like that.
I seen a post recently that said they rolled 32 rolls I think on 2 acres. I average about 4 rolls per acre.
What do your rolls really weigh?
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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby pricefarm » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:24 pm

What brand of rollers roll these rolls ?
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Postby kenny thomas » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:32 pm

A New Holland, and 2 Vermeer.
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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby Silver » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:36 pm

We get a sampling of ours weighed every year by crop insurance, and sometimes we weigh with our own scales. It can change year to year even with the same baler. The one we have now averaged right around 1600 lbs last season, a little less the year prior.
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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby jehosofat » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:51 pm

Hay bale weights depend on a couple of things, whether you're buying, or cuttin' on halves. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby kenny thomas » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:14 pm

jehosofat wrote:Hay bale weights depend on a couple of things, whether you're buying, or cuttin' on halves. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

Exactly my point. But what's a 4x5 roll of hay worth seems to be what I hear. Is it a 4x5 roll of weeds or really good grass. Weighing 700 or 1000.
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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby kenny thomas » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:16 pm

Silver wrote:We get a sampling of ours weighed every year by crop insurance, and sometimes we weigh with our own scales. It can change year to year even with the same baler. The one we have now averaged right around 1600 lbs last season, a little less the year prior.

The hills here don't allow us to roll that big of a roll. Sure wish I could
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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby Silver » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:20 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
Silver wrote:We get a sampling of ours weighed every year by crop insurance, and sometimes we weigh with our own scales. It can change year to year even with the same baler. The one we have now averaged right around 1600 lbs last season, a little less the year prior.

The hills here don't allow us to roll that big of a roll. Sure wish I could


It's a double edged sword. The temptation is always there during feeding time to carry two bales in the loader, and 1600 lb bales don't do you any favours in that regard.
Why are the hills a problem? Horsepower issue or is there something else?
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Postby kenny thomas » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:26 pm

Very steep hills. And hp issues with the smaller tractors. But on some of the hayfields even my 100hp 4x4 has a hard time rolling a 1000 lb roll.
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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby jehosofat » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:29 pm

I don't like a tight, heavy, roll. Just don't wanna pay for one, and get 700 lb'ers.
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Postby chevytaHOE5674 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:33 pm

I generally run a few of mine across the scales every year to get an average weight. But around here nobody buys or sells hay on weight it's always by the bale, so as a seller I can make more by selling more lighter bales...
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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby Silver » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:44 pm

kenny thomas wrote:Very steep hills. And hp issues with the smaller tractors. But on some of the hayfields even my 100hp 4x4 has a hard time rolling a 1000 lb roll.


That sounds steep for sure. We have a field that is pretty steep sidehill, seems to me I tried baling it with a 100 hp tractor once and I was down in the basement gears. For some reason our tractors keep getting bigger so I don't think too much about it anymore. I do know when you kick a bale out going up that side hill you want to back up until the baler is 90 degrees to the slope or it will travel an awful long ways. Or if you are pointed down hill the bale will chase you lol
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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby jltrent » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:05 am

I bought some 4 x 4 rolls and didn't realize just how small they are. Mine is 5 x 5 and wish I had bigger and they were like toys on the back of my tractor compared to mine. Those little Heston balers that make a 39" bale are good balers, but you will have a field full of them. I think on the weight some balers make tighter, but type of hay and condition make a lot of difference in weight.
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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby wbvs58 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:02 am

A few years ago I bought a 1tonne crane scales on ebay, can't remember exactly how much but under $200. I hang it from the loader and hook up to a chain around the bale and lift it, I tare off the chain first. It is very handy when buying hay, aids with negotiations, I find most sellers are dreaming about the weights of their bales. Only takes a few minutes to do.

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Re: Weight of hay rolls

Postby cowgirl8 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:25 am

wbvs58 wrote:A few years ago I bought a 1tonne crane scales on ebay, can't remember exactly how much but under $200. I hang it from the loader and hook up to a chain around the bale and lift it, I tare off the chain first. It is very handy when buying hay, aids with negotiations, I find most sellers are dreaming about the weights of their bales. Only takes a few minutes to do.

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We have a tub grinder with a scale, we use it to weigh bales by setting them on top...works great.
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