Baling Machinery

Quinn33

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Livestock Farmer
I’ve a small farm, only 20 cattle some beef and some heifers, around 10 acres of land. I have a serious love for machinery. Normally when it comes to baling, I have mower and use the haybob then get a contractor in to bale it (normally silage). I know that for my own ground it’s not worth buying a round baler and wrapper. But I love doing that aspect of the farming, is it worth buying a cheap round baler and wrapper? Or I was thinking about a knotted square baler and selling the bales, then buying silage for myself. Best friend owns stables and I’d have no issues selling the hay or even make haylage?
 
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Devon
Welcome to posting on here!

If you can buy well maintained secondhand gear at a reasonable price and look after it well, it should hold its value if not become worth more.
If you haven't got shed space to keep it dry, I wouldn't bother.

It might be worth chatting to a few neighbours to see if they would have any work for you which would make buying a better proposition.

The trouble is, lots of people seem to enjoy that work and are prepared to do it for little reward.
 

Quinn33

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Livestock Farmer
Yeah, I’m thinking a small square baler might be the best bet, as I used to love square baling with my granda, but any recommendations on what to go for? Also, they’re like a mine field most people around me have said they’re not 100% sure on adjusting them and setting them up perfect, but ideally that would be the best bet as the work is there for the small square bales, it’s just knowing what to buy and at what money. Everything I have is housed in garages and sheds I’m fortunate enough to have lots of well secured indoor space
 

spin cycle

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Location
north norfolk
Yeah, I’m thinking a small square baler might be the best bet, as I used to love square baling with my granda, but any recommendations on what to go for? Also, they’re like a mine field most people around me have said they’re not 100% sure on adjusting them and setting them up perfect, but ideally that would be the best bet as the work is there for the small square bales, it’s just knowing what to buy and at what money. Everything I have is housed in garages and sheds I’m fortunate enough to have lots of well secured indoor space

buy a square baler and i reckon you'd get other little jobs for it,,,,as for advice @carbonfibre farmer is your man.....and even runs a facebook page:)
 

spin cycle

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Location
north norfolk
Be there before 6. 25ish min drive.

ah thats 'that' kinda job ;)


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I’ve a small farm, only 20 cattle some beef and some heifers, around 10 acres of land. I have a serious love for machinery. Normally when it comes to baling, I have mower and use the haybob then get a contractor in to bale it (normally silage). I know that for my own ground it’s not worth buying a round baler and wrapper. But I love doing that aspect of the farming, is it worth buying a cheap round baler and wrapper? Or I was thinking about a knotted square baler and selling the bales, then buying silage for myself. Best friend owns stables and I’d have no issues selling the hay or even make haylage?
I heard of one place about the same size as yours baling hay in little squares then chopping it and packaging it for rabbits for pet shops / garden centres. Each bale was coming to over £30
 

Gapples

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I’ve a small farm, only 20 cattle some beef and some heifers, around 10 acres of land. I have a serious love for machinery. Normally when it comes to baling, I have mower and use the haybob then get a contractor in to bale it (normally silage). I know that for my own ground it’s not worth buying a round baler and wrapper. But I love doing that aspect of the farming, is it worth buying a cheap round baler and wrapper? Or I was thinking about a knotted square baler and selling the bales, then buying silage for myself. Best friend owns stables and I’d have no issues selling the hay or even make haylage?


This group is for small conventional balers.
There are a few extremely knowledgeable people in this group who will help.
 

Dry Rot

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Livestock Farmer
I don't know much about them......main reason for setting up the Facebook page! To learn and get help (need some sort of help,running a small baler🙈😖)
And a damned good page it is too! Contributors from all over the world!

The trouble with small bales is it doesn't end there. Unless you are built like superman, you will need a flat 8 system (sledge and grab) and some means of getting them in and stacking in a shed. I have a baler sitting in the shed but always chicken out and get it round baled, then put the rounds on pallets with a sheet over the top. Then I can breath again! If I had more sheds, I'd try to find a decent round baler with string as they are usually cheap.
 

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Despite an average growing year for most crops, many growers managed to go above and beyond their predicted max yields, with Lincolnshire grower Tim Lamyman taking the top spots for his wheat yields and his world record breaking winter barley yield.

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