Making silage and hay is one of the most important activites that happens on a farm each year.
Selecting the right agricultral contractor to make the highest quality silage and hay for your farm can make a huge finacial difference to your farms bottom line.
Conserving the excess grass grown in spring and preseving it as silage or hay will enable the farm to keep the stock well fed and in good condition over winter and late summer when the grass growth has slowed down.
These two ways of conserving fodder may seem straight forward and simple however, if they are not done at the right time with the right machinery, you can turn high quailty feed into worthless mulch.
What makes a good bale of silage and hay?
-the timing of the fodder conservation operations such as when the grass is cut, tedded, raked, baled and wrapped.
-the moisture content of the silage and hay at the time of baling. Silage needs to be at 60-70% Hay needs to be dried down to under 20 %
-the density of the bale. This is related to the moisture content of the silage and hay as well as the quality of the baler used and the amount of pressure the baler applies to the bale.
A good bale of silage and hay will be firm and hard to push your hand into and will hold its shape over time with well formed sharp edges.
You don’t want to be paying for silage and hay that is light, lose and sags, that is a sure sign of a badly made bale.
You want value from each bale. Each bale should tightly packed, even and neatly rapped.
Yea Valley Ag has the knowledge, the machinery and the people dedicated to make the highest quailty fodder from your properties pastures.