Anyone looking for any top bales or bales for a beet clamp or stock corral?

AT Aloss

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couldn't you wrap them? Then they would be good feed?
It's threshed ryegrass straw (post seed production), so the decision to wrap or attempt threshed hay has to be made straight away. My wrapping guy had enough wrapped material this year so we went for "hay" & got 80 acres made well, but got caught with 58 acres in the trail (we turned the combine chopper on another 60 acres as there wasn't enough decent weather to risk any more in the trail). You don't win them all.....
 

AT Aloss

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I suppose the other thing is, the side of the country you are on, and the fact this year has been a good grass growing year too.
It used to be the drier side of the country, it's bracing now: in the sense that it's cold & damp (with the wrong sort of high pressure) or warm, windy & wet with the normal type of low pressure!
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AT Aloss

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I was meaning the wrong side of the country for selling for feed, feed probably has to be moved West to really find a market I guess.
The furthest I think it's ever travelled is to the elephants at Blackpool zoo, most of it is sold locally but August can be a tough month to get it made. It is good wrapped straight behind the combine but as you say there's not enough punters around us to go out on a limb for it. I reckon to be able to make good stuff 2 years in 5, some good/some bad 2 years in 5 & a total write off 1 year in 5.
 
I was making a few small bales of hay or the GF's horse, a few years ago, it was going to rain so we baled it a day or more too early (not only were the bales very heavy) and it would have been mouldy crap had we left it at that, wrapped it and it was great for horse feed. The only down side to doing small bales was having to lift each bale onto and off the wrapper and the cost of wrapping, if I remember it was the same as wrapping a large silage bale!
 

AT Aloss

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I was making a few small bales of hay or the GF's horse, a few years ago, it was going to rain so we baled it a day or more too early (not only were the bales very heavy) and it would have been mouldy crap had we left it at that, wrapped it and it was great for horse feed. The only down side to doing small bales was having to lift each bale onto and off the wrapper and the cost of wrapping, if I remember it was the same as wrapping a large silage bale!
That's interesting. It seems to work well directly behind the combine, but not quite as well if left to condition; I think the stems get too dry to make good haylage. My mate who often does take a bit wrapped feeds it with fodder beet to his cattle & it does them well. He just happened to have some very successful cuts this year. We had a very narrow window this year & just missed it. It's been sat out for nearly 7 weeks....
 
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It's threshed ryegrass straw (post seed production), so the decision to wrap or attempt threshed hay has to be made straight away. My wrapping guy had enough wrapped material this year so we went for "hay" & got 80 acres made well, but got caught with 58 acres in the trail (we turned the combine chopper on another 60 acres as there wasn't enough decent weather to risk any more in the trail). You don't win them all.....
Are you selling the good stuff ?
 

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