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Management Tips for Round Bale Hay Harvesting, Moving, and Storage

ID

442-454 (BSE-173P)

Authors as Published

Robert “Bobby” Grisso, Extension Engineer, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech; John Fike, Forage Specialist, Crop and Environmental Science, Virginia Tech; Don Ohanehi, Research Scientist, Engineering Science & Mechanics, Virginia Tech; John Perumpral, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

    Cover, Management Tips for Round Bale Hay Harvesting, Moving, and Storage

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Hay production and feeding is one of the most expensive components of forage-livestock systems. Specific management practices are necessary to maintain hay quality and minimize hay loss during harvest, transportation and storage of large round bales.

Large round bale packaging systems allow one person to harvest, store and feed large quantities of hay for small as well as large acreages. Proper management is required to maximize effectiveness because losses during baling, transport and storage of large round bales can far exceed the losses with rectangular bale systems.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, re-print, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.

Publisher

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.

Date

October 9, 2014