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Re: Still no hay

Postby Workinonit Farm » Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:07 pm

ddd75 wrote:you cut hay and baled it the next day in upstate new york with thick hay?

I'd be checking on it daily if its in a barn..


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Re: Still no hay

Postby boondocks » Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:49 pm

Yes, we are def checking it. We didn't stack it and left room between each bale.
To clarify, we didn't bale any the very next day after cutting. What we baled yesterday was cut Friday (a few strips were finished Sat am I think); tedded and raked over the weekend, baled yesterday. It was cloudy yesterday, and we've had heavy dew. One more day would have been perfect. Oh well.
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Re: Still no hay

Postby bball » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:15 pm

If you're worried about them being a touch wet, when i was a boy, the ol timers would stack them on edge (claimed they breathed better) and sprinkled with some loose salt..congrats on your first go round!
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Re: Still no hay

Postby ddd75 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:21 pm

bball wrote:If you're worried about them being a touch wet, when i was a boy, the ol timers would stack them on edge (claimed they breathed better) and sprinkled with some loose salt..congrats on your first go round!



yep.. pour salt all over them. it'll help
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Re: Still no hay

Postby boondocks » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:55 pm

interesting, thanks! We did stack them on edge. Newbie question: cattle salt or table? We have loose minerals but not loose (cow) salt. How much per bale?
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Re: Still no hay

Postby bball » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:35 pm

Just loose cattle salt.. it was a handful sprinkled over the bale. Nothing real crazy, but I'm sure everyone does it different
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Re: Still no hay

Postby boondocks » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:29 pm

bball wrote:Just loose cattle salt.. it was a handful sprinkled over the bale. Nothing real crazy, but I'm sure everyone does it different


Thanks.
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