Bales or not?

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Bales or not?

Post by Buddy2004 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:42 pm

Does it matter if u use bales or just raw grass/hay

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Re: Bales or not?

Post by JeffreySchultz » Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:18 pm

My sheeps are being fed "raw" grass. Collected with the grass collector trailer. It works, they produce wool.

I dont know if they produce more wool if they are being fed bales though..

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Re: Bales or not?

Post by Delta » Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:29 pm

Sheep only take grass. Cows can be fed hay bales, silage and TMR. Straw bales are used for TMR and bedding for cows to produce solid manure.
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Re: Bales or not?

Post by Buddy2004 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:40 am

No they both take grass the hay is just for bedding to make manure. Cows don't eat the straw

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Re: Bales or not?

Post by Grey20 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:40 pm

I think sheep and cows take bales and grass, if you look bales apear to be turned into grass, when loose grass is added bales stop being used until loose grass is gone
It's the same with straw at the cow shed, if you take straw to sheep pen you get a little money for them (this is how I see it i maybe wrong )

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Re: Bales or not?

Post by Skullblits » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:22 am

Bales. Straw/grass are needed to make mixed rations for cows.

Straw is for cows bedding. Aswell as manure.

Straw bales can be shredded up for cows bedding.

Sheep are stupid. Dont waste your time with them.
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Re: Bales or not?

Post by Buddy2004 » Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:37 am

Sheep take grass for wool good money

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Re: Bales or not?

Post by Ggorman » Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:25 pm

I see also what Grey20 mentioned that, when loose hay is consumed, a bale of hay(not straw) is used to replenish loose hay for the cows or sheep. So, I keep bales in the barns as a buffer in case the animals use up all of the loose hay that I've delivered. When I have a chance to deliver more loose hay with the loaders, they quit consuming bales again.

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Re: Bales or not?

Post by Navan » Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:59 pm

Note that bales give 2000 lose when used. This actually makes them more efficient usage of a field, as i get around 16 bales off the smallest field, but get 70% full on the small loader (the bales would be 100%). However, they are very labor intensive, since we have to do the collection ourselves. The extent is it would allow the field to produce money while the biogas, sheep, and cows are full.

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Re: Bales or not?

Post by Ggorman » Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:47 pm

Right Navan, it's very labor intensive to keep baling even if it's more efficient. In the end it's more efficient for my time to use the loaders which are automatic. I still get to bale now and then as my bales are used up when I don't get around to dumping loose grass and the animals consume the bales.

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Re: Bales or not?

Post by SiriusBlack » Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:55 pm

Hi, I read the whole communication and still confuse about bedding and what cow eats! everyone is sharing his experiences I think!

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Re: Bales or not?

Post by Navan » Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:21 pm

Straw from wheat harvest is used as beding which allows you to collect fertilizer from the cows. Think of it as the bedding gets changed the old soiled bedding is what you get as fertilizer. Grass on the other hand is food and so a well fed cow produces milk to collect.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Bales or not?

Post by JohnDeere318 » Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:03 pm

SiriusBlack wrote:Hi, I read the whole communication and still confuse about bedding and what cow eats! everyone is sharing his experiences I think!
Cows eat grass, silage, or a Mixed Ratio, which contains of: Silage, Hay, and Straw. Straw is the bedding that they need to sleep on and to step on in the building. You get straw from a wheat or barley field that you harvest. :smileynew:
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