We have several steps to insure we put up good quality hay for our cattle.
Step 1 - we use a machine called a Swather to cut the hay and put into windrows (long strips of piled hay).
Step 2- we wait and let mother nature preserve the hay by drying it down (we target (14-18% moisture). To dry and it turns to dust in the baler, too wet and it will mold and spoil.
Step 3 - we rake 2 windrows together to make bigger windrows. This cuts down on the number of times the tractor and baler have to through the field. This allows us to cut down on fuel use because it takes much less fuel to rake than to bale. It also makes it easier to bale.
|Windrows of hay being raked together.|
Step 5 - Remove the bales from the field and stack them together. We have stack yards near our fields.
|Freshly made bale of Hay.|
We let the hay dry during the day, but then if it gets too dry we have to wait till night to bale so that we don't turn it to dust. But if we get too much dew then it makes it too wet and the hay will mold. We spend a lot of nights out in the fields till 1 am to get the hay put up right!!