Bought all my hay this year

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Bought all my hay this year

Postby Bright Raven » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:37 am

4x5 rolls of Timothy, orchard grass and fescue. Decent hay. I have not tested it. 30 dollars a roll, delivered. Plus, I have the benefit of more pasture.

I was paying 20 dollars per bale to have my hay rolled and 10 dollars a roll in fertilizer. So cost is about even.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby M-5 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:41 am

What benefit ?? You won't increase your stocking rate and your burning fuel mowing them down.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby Bright Raven » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:51 am

M-5 wrote:What benefit ?? You won't increase your stocking rate and your burning fuel mowing them down.


Agree. I dont intend to increase my stocking rate. And yes, my cows are becoming obese as we post. Not with standing that point, the cost is the same.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby Supa Dexta » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:57 am

I'd take that deal all day long, and sit back not having to hay. Plus you're buying in their fertility.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby Bright Raven » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:08 am

Supa Dexta wrote:I'd take that deal all day long, and sit back not having to hay. Plus you're buying in their fertility.


I like that deal!
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:11 am

Is that wrapped with twine?

I've really grown to appreciate net wrapped hay once I got over the frustration of disposing of the used wrap.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby sstterry » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:36 am

I have a friend in Georgia that swears by haylege. I have never seen it wrapped on our area though.
Got mine in on Saturday. I keep the majority of it in sheds so no need for netwrap. Luckily had good weather and it cured nicely.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby Bright Raven » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:46 am

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:Is that wrapped with twine?

I've really grown to appreciate net wrapped hay once I got over the frustration of disposing of the used wrap.


Yes. Twine. I prefer twine. By the time this hay is fed, twine will be 59 % gone.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:15 am

Bright Raven wrote:
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:Is that wrapped with twine?

I've really grown to appreciate net wrapped hay once I got over the frustration of disposing of the used wrap.


Yes. Twine. I prefer twine. By the time this hay is fed, twine will be 59 % gone.


I used to feel the same way until I realized how much better the bales shed water when net wrapped.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby hurleyjd » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:18 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:Is that wrapped with twine?

I've really grown to appreciate net wrapped hay once I got over the frustration of disposing of the used wrap.


Yes. Twine. I prefer twine. By the time this hay is fed, twine will be 59 % gone.


I used to feel the same way until I realized how much better the bales shed water when net wrapped.


I can have the net removed and rolled in to a ball quicker than removing twine. The net ball goes into a burn barrel and is burned when the barrel is about 3/4 full. Twine is a disposable problem also.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby Bright Raven » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:24 pm

hurleyjd wrote:
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:
Yes. Twine. I prefer twine. By the time this hay is fed, twine will be 59 % gone.


I used to feel the same way until I realized how much better the bales shed water when net wrapped.


I can have the net removed and rolled in to a ball quicker than removing twine. The net ball goes into a burn barrel and is burned when the barrel is about 3/4 full. Twine is a disposable problem also.


I keep the twine in a big pile. In early spring, I use it for erosion control. Works well. Load it with a pitch fork in the Utility Vehicle and dump it at the head of a rill or gulley. It catches debris from above and the erosion is controlled.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby sstterry » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:56 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
hurleyjd wrote:
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
I used to feel the same way until I realized how much better the bales shed water when net wrapped.


I can have the net removed and rolled in to a ball quicker than removing twine. The net ball goes into a burn barrel and is burned when the barrel is about 3/4 full. Twine is a disposable problem also.


I keep the twine in a big pile. In early spring, I use it for erosion control. Works well. Load it with a pitch fork in the Utility Vehicle and dump it at the head of a rill or gulley. It catches debris from above and the erosion is controlled.


What happens when the cows step in it and get tangled?
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby bird dog » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:05 pm

Raven or someone mentioned using it for erosion control a couple years ago and I have also been working with it that way.

What I have found is that the best way is to put it out like Raven says but cover it lightly with some rocks or dirt. Covering does a few different things. It keeps the calves from pulling it out. It keeps a heavy rain from floating it out. It gives grass that comes up through it a stable place to lay down roots. It keeps it down and out of the cows feet. If you use your tractor to scrape up some dirt that has grass in it, it takes root in a hurry over the net wrap. Almost like sprigging. Its a poor mans erosion mats.

It also works very well where your pond over flows. Again it helps to cover it some. It looks trashy for a while but if you put it out in early spring as mentioned, it covers over fairly quick.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby TCRanch » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:05 pm

$30 delivered?!? Holy cow! Was checking Craigslist the other day & around here 5x6 brome is getting $90, 4x5 alfalfa is $75 and plain ol' prairie is getting $45 for 5x6. Not delivered.
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Re: Bought all my hay this year

Postby Bright Raven » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:18 pm

sstterry wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:
hurleyjd wrote:
I can have the net removed and rolled in to a ball quicker than removing twine. The net ball goes into a burn barrel and is burned when the barrel is about 3/4 full. Twine is a disposable problem also.


I keep the twine in a big pile. In early spring, I use it for erosion control. Works well. Load it with a pitch fork in the Utility Vehicle and dump it at the head of a rill or gulley. It catches debris from above and the erosion is controlled.


What happens when the cows step in it and get tangled?


Like Bird Dog said. I cover it. Few rocks, dirt, debris. So far nothing has got tangled in it.
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