> Once again, this might be a
> regional thing…
> Nobody around here covers round
> bales. We just haul them to the
> hay lot and feed them without any
> problems. Even on a two year old
> roll the hay loss is minimal. You
> will see shrinkage in the roll the
> first year but that’s due to loss
> of moisture. If you pull the hay
> back you will see that the weather
> damage only goes a couple inches
> deep – assuming the bales were
> rolled good and tight.
Craig, I have been debateing on wheather to start covering my hay to, and after talking to farmers around my area and cheeking the research here is what I have found out.
First of all the tarps don't come cheep at all, second I have read where studies have been done and some manufactors of these tarps are changing colors of the tarps from silver and black to white to get temps. down because what they are finding out is that they increase the temps. to over 100 degrees under the tarps and alot of the nutrtional value is getting baked out by the time it is fed, They say the weight of the roll decreases alot after being under that much heat. My hay is left out side and my cows eat 90% to 95% of it most of the time. My only concern was the first 3inches of it is moldy and them eating it. A old farmer near me says he has been feeding his uncovered that way for 20 yrs are more and says it want hurt a cow but it will a horse. So based on the nutritional facts of loss due to the extra heat,if that is true, I think your pretty much where you started off with the very little loss from not covering.
I know one thing, with the price of them, somebody sure does have a $ mark up with them just being heavy plastic.