Improper hay bale storage can lead to quality-loss in the bale. Having to replace hay bales results in preventable overhead increases for your farm operation. Avoid this by following proper hay bale storage practices.
1. Store Hay Bales Indoors
Indoor storage preserves hay bale quality and color. We recommend storage inside a pole building or steel barn with good ventilation and zero traces of leakage. Indoor storage protects the hay from direct sunlight. Sunrays deplete the hay of nutrients, such as protein and vitamin A.
Also, hay bales are flammable, so the building should ideally be constructed from fire-proof material. Our optional features also include vents and windows for optimal air flow.
2. Let the Hay “Breathe”
Do not store the bales back-to-back; leave at least three-feet of space between stacks for air to circulate. This also prevents the hay from absorbing too much moisture. Moisture levels in hay should not exceed 15%. You should also stick to cured hay, which is more resistant to moisture buildup. Once in a while, open a bale to inspect for mold. Continue Reading →