Please help me calculate hay weight

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LauraleesFarm

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Hi everyone,
We have a custom baling business (new) and we have a whole lot of 4 x 4 round bales that were custom baled for shares. I need to calculate the weight of these bales so that we can price them to sell. Is there a formula that can be applied to custom sized round bales in order to approximate the weight? Thank you in advance for your help.
 

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Most accurate way would be to load at least 3 up and take them accross a scale then take the truck/trailer back and get a empty weight. Too many variables to do it by math, its just a guess otherwise.
 

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yes load 3 up an pull them accross the scales.if i was gonna guess a 4 by 4 weight id say 650 to 750lbs a bale depending on the type of hay.
 

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I weigh a sample of the 5 x 6 round bales I purchase on my platform cattle scale. It comes out from under my alley easily. I have found that the same size bales from the same supplier but two different rows can vary by as much as 20%. If you are starting out in the baling business it is especially important that you establish a reputation for being honest. A reputation for quality and honesty is priceless. I would sell by the ton actual weight. You could weight the truck/trailer before and after or weigh by the bale for smaller sales. jmho. Good luck. Jim
 

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I bale alot of 4x4s with a pretty new New Holland BR 730 and they typically weight around 450 lbs. in first cutting grass and grass mixed hay. In second cut they are a lot heavier. The manual says that the baler can produce a 750 pound bale. I hear alot of guys saying the 4x4s are 7 or 800 lbs., I highly doubt this in most 1st cut situations, but as mentioned earlier, should weigh a few loads so that you really know. I have done enough loads weighed through the years and figured out that my baler is pretty consistent enough that I can count on that weight.
 

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hayray":3n0myeed said:
I bale alot of 4x4s with a pretty new New Holland BR 730 and they typically weight around 450 lbs. in first cutting grass and grass mixed hay. In second cut they are a lot heavier. The manual says that the baler can produce a 750 pound bale. I hear alot of guys saying the 4x4s are 7 or 800 lbs., I highly doubt this in most 1st cut situations, but as mentioned earlier, should weigh a few loads so that you really know. I have done enough loads weighed through the years and figured out that my baler is pretty consistent enough that I can count on that weight.
I think you are right on with your #s
alot of 4x5 bales around here and everyone says they weigh 900 to 1000 very few weigh more than 700
I also run a NH baler and I bale a 4x5 consistently that will weigh right out of the baler between 1000 and 1150 but I am running my pressures up pretty high on grass hay
my grass hay after sitting will consistently weigh around 950lbs
I have baled some 1800lb 4x5 alfalfa bales but let me tell ya the baler and tractor both knew it
 

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We had a JD 335 round baler for 10 years that made 4x4 bales. Our bales of coastal weighed 550-600 lbs. The bales were weighed right after baling so would have been even lighter later.
 
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