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Hay Bales is a comprehensive category containing everything you need to know about hay bales. These will enable you to be better informed when looking to buy hay.

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What Is Lucerne Hay? Why You Should Consider Lucerne

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Lucerne hay is a very common variety of hay that is used by cattle and horses across Australia. You may have questions about this type of hay, including how saleable it is. What exactly is lucerne hay? Lucerne hay is a type of hay sourced from the Medicago sativa plant.…
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The Ultimate Guide – How To Stack Hay Bales

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As your hay importation and exportation business grows, the amount of hay you’ll store on your farm or facility will as well. The time will inevitably come for you to stack hay bales to make more space. How do you do this? When stacking hay bales, ensure that each bale…
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How Much Do Hay Bales Weigh?

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Bale weight is critical in determining the price of hay and transportation costs. Since there are lots of factors that can affect the total weight of a hay bale, it’s important to understand the basics. This guide will help farmers make a practical buying decision based on the market dynamics…
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How Many Hay Bales Per Acre?

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It’s a question that most hay farmers wonder as their venture gets underway. Your crop is growing well and thoughts of how much your crop will yield are common questions. How many hay bales per acre can you achieve? In general, 100 small square bales per acre is somewhat considered…
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Can Round Hay Bales Get Wet?

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This is a situation we all face from time to time. Either you are trying to do the mad dash to get bales in from the paddock before the storm or your hay shed is full and some are sitting out. We know rain on hay can potentially be a…
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Why Do Hay Bales Catch Fire?

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Almost every farmer has a story about their own hay catching on fire or a friend or colleague’s doing the same. For the most part, your hay will seem fine then one day it starts emitting steam and then smoke before it ignites. Why do hay bales catch fire? Hay…
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Testing And Timing Hay Before Baling

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When harvesting hay, the next step is to bale it into sellable round or square-shaped bales. You can’t just bale whenever you want though, at least, not if you want high-quality hay. That’s why, testing your hay before bailing is so important. When testing hay ahead of baling, you want…
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How Long Does A Round Hay Bale Last?

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Importing hay is all about logistics. From the moment you harvest the hay to baling it and shipping it out to customers, you have to think about precisely how long the hay will be fresh and thus saleable for. How long does a round hay bale last? A round hay…
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Do Hay Bales Attract Mice?

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Besides the risks of hay becoming mouldy or possibly spontaneously combusting, you also have to concern yourself with pests. You don’t want creepy-crawly critters such as mice ruining your hay after you’ve painstakingly grown and baled it. Do hay bales attract mice? Hay bales do indeed attract mice as well…
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Why Are Hay Bales Wrapped In Different Colours?

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Bales wrapped in plastic are commonly referred to as Silage Bales. These Silage bales are often wrapped in colourful plastic. We are often asked if these different colours of wrap mean anything? Hay Bales or Silage Bales wrapped in different colours has no real meaning. The different colours are just…
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Let’s Talk About Straw

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Straw has many uses, including roughage in feedlot diets, maintenance of dry cows, or as a drought supplement, garden mulch, mushroom production or animal bedding. It has limited nutritional value; on a dry matter basis straw is expensive to transport because legal payloads of straw on a truck of any…
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Benefits Of Making Hay, For Those Who Aren’t Sure

Hay Bales, Selling Hay
Every year around 10 million tonnes of fodder (Hay, straw and silage) is produced. Total value is around $2 billion. Approximately half is traded, and half retained for on farm use. See what the benefits of making hay are. Like all commodities, the market is cyclical, however, growers with good…
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What Type Of Hay Should You Make?

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You would have already made your decision for the 21/22 season but here’s some additional information about each Hay type that could help with your summer crop or 22/23 season decisions. Oaten Hay This type of Hay has been available for many years and while it has not been producing…
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Hay vs Silage – Pros & Cons

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Many people ask us if hay is better than silage and vice versa. The answer will depend a lot of the end user and what type of cattle you are feeding. The majority of our buyers are geared to feed Hay. From Feed Central’s experience the key strengths and weaknesses…
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How To Pick a Hay Contractor

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Machinery manufacturers have put a lot of effort into producing a solid and heavy baler over recent years. So (as a generalization) a contractor with newer gear should be able to make heavier and better-shaped bales than a contractor with older gear. Here’s a few things to look for in…
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Hay Safety Day 2021

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Hay Safety Day is an important day in our industry. We are playing our part in improving hay safety with the release today of a new video and poster that walks people through the safe delivery, unloading and storing of hay. There are a number of people injured or killed…
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Hay Making Tips 2019/20

Buying Hay, Hay Bales, Selling Hay
TIPS FOR A PROFITABLE HAY SEASON 2019-2020 EDITION INTRODUCTIONMarketing and Making Hay – What, Why and How Much?SellingPicking and Paying a ContractorChoosing Between Making Silage or HayEstimating a Gross MarginCutting, Raking and Baling MethodsStorageINTRODUCTION Wow! What a year. We have seen hay prices reach record levels and supply is critically…
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Protein Hay And How Do They Differ From Each Other

Buying Hay, Hay Bales
Feeding Lucerne, Vetch or Clover hay can be a great protein source addition to your livestock’s diet. You might have wondered over the years what the differences are between these different types of protein hay and which one you should really be feeding to your stock. Well stop wondering and…
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How Frost Damage Affects Crops

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We are rapidly heading towards the end of the growing season for winter crops which means that many farmers are on the lookout for late season frosts which could potentially cause damage to their crops. So how does a frost effect plants during the different growth stages? [us_single_image image=”8503″]We suspect…
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Making Quality Hay Is All About Timing

Hay Bales, Selling Hay
Making quality hay is all about timing. You will never be able to recover the quality if you get the timing wrong. Feed Central looks at many different aspects of your hay to determine the quality and these include: Maturity – The ideal time to cut your hay is between…
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Protein For Animals And Why It’s Important!

Feed Testing, Hay Bales
Protein is an extremely important component of your animals feed source. It is required on a daily basis for body condition maintenance, lactation, growth, weight gain and reproduction. Did you know that protein itself has many different components that have different functions once they enter the digestive system. Crude Protein…
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Winter Is Coming – Protein Hay Is Needed

Feed Testing, Hay Bales
Winter is coming! Don’t delay your purchase of Feed. Quality Feed is always the flavour and will sell fast, get in first before you miss out. Protein hay is in desperately short supply so talk to us about forward contracting Lucerne hay to potential buyers that is already made and…
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The Importance Of Good Hay Storage

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After the big hay making season of 16/17 there is still a lot of hay that is yet to be sold (we’e got an AWESOME Advertising Service if you’ve got product you want to tell buyers about – Click here) So how can you protect the quality of your hay…
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Silage Making Season!

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The silage making season is here and it’s important to know the nutritional value of your silage! Ever wondered how silage is made? Once the crop has been baled in an air tight structure the plant undergoes respiration until all the oxygen is used up. This process converts carbohydrates or…
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Hay Bale Sizes

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Choosing The Right Bale Size When choosing hay bale size, think carefully about the hay making, handling, storage and freight costs. Calculate these costs on a dollar per tonne, not just on a per bale basis. For the best freight efficiency with hay, always aim for 25 tonne on a…
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Making Hay? If Yes – You Need To Read This

Hay Bales, Selling Hay
Here are 4 things not to forget when making hay this season! BALE WEIGHTS Are you paying your contractor per tonne or per bale? Did you know that Heavy bales are easier to sell? Here’s why heavy bales are important: ✓ Reduces On-Farm handling & storage costs ✓ Makes hay…
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Hay, Straw & Silage | Truck & Trailer Sizes

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Feed Central’s minimum Hay, Straw & Silage order is one full semi trailer load. BALE SIZE TRUCK TYPE NUMBER OF BALES Lge Sq 8x4x3 Flat Top Drop Deck Drop Deck Road Train B-Double 30 41 82 59 Lge Sq 8x3x3 Flat Top Drop Deck Drop Deck Road Train B-Double 48…
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How To Make Quality Hay

Hay Bales, Selling Hay
With the hay making season upon us it’s important that we try to make a high quality product. So what management factors can we focus on to produce the highest quality hay as possible? Variety – To grow the best possible hay it is important to match the variety you…
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Hay Storage Safety

Hay Bales, Video
Hi, Scott Reed here from Feed Central. Today we’re storing straw into our sheds for Feed Central long-term customers. Some of the things we’ve got to make sure we do on our Hay Storage Safety is right moisture. They’ve got to be at a maximum of 18% moisture and below.…
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Comparing Hay and Grain

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In many years hay can outperform grain in gross value per hectare. This is particularly relevant when crops have bulk but lack the soil moisture to attain high yields of grain. Calculate what is best for you. Complete the tables below for producing hay and then repeat for producing grain…
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Producing Quality Oaten Hay

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Growing Oat Hay was first published in 1996 as a guide to help reduce the risk of growing quality oat hay. However, this book no longer provides a source of current information regarding oat hay production. Information presented in the book dates from 1983 to 1994. New developments including varieties,…
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Managing A Mice Plague In Haystacks

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Mice living in unfavourable seasonal conditions may have a shorter breeding period, while those with nests and good cover are likely to have an extended breeding period. Research suggests that it is the quality more than the quantity of food that extends the breeding season. A mice plague is a…
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