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Discussion Board - Re: silage

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07-06-2013 09:42:43

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To "me" this does not seem necessary. Granted, you can take lower quality forages and grind and mix in other ingredients so as to come up with a more nutritious ration. Grinding hay seems to be a regional thing. I suppose if you had 300 head plus, this system would be economically feasible. For the average livestock producer, the grinding equipment is cost prohibitive. Obviously, you'd have to use custom operators. The lower qulaity forages that are ground still remain "lower quality". I think the original poster was wanting to lower his weather risks associated with putting up quality hay. Silage bales definitely do this. I've made silage bales for 7-8 years now....finally progressing to buying my own used individual bale wrapper...eliminating the hassles of the custom wrapper guys. I still hire the baler man to make the silage bales, but do all wrapping myself. Silage bales are the "poor mans silo", but with current investment costs into the "real silo's" and the associated equipment, I feel the silage bales more than justify the expense. In my operation, round bale silage takes 80% (perhaps more) of the weather hassles out of the me in my opinion, 80% better forage as compared to dry baled hay. I say let the cow do the grinding of the hay, but give her better hay.........if at all possible.

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07-08-2013 05:13:45

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 Re: silage in reply to randallinMo, 07-06-2013 09:42:43  
Here's a way to do haylage for a small scale farmer.

bailing the hay part 4 of haymaking 2013 - YouTube

Wraping the hay part 5 of haymaking 2013 - YouTube
This post was edited by Tx Jim at 05:15:05 07/08/13.

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07-07-2013 21:12:12

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 Re: silage in reply to randallinMo, 07-06-2013 09:42:43  
You hit the nail on the head, I'm not putting up poor quality hay, my early stuff is mostly clover. I am however getting it wet most years, or letting it go too long waiting for a weather window. The individual bales sound like the way to go. So I need a good round baler, and a wrapper?

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