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Reduce storage losses of round bales

Krishona Martinson, Extension Equine Specialist1
2014

large round bale

Large round bale

Hay waste can occur during both storage and feeding. Research has shown outdoor hay storage losses of round bales can range from 5 to 35 percent depending on precipitation, storage site, and original condition of the bale. For example, the outer 4" layer of a 6' diameter round bale contains about 25 percent of the total bale volume and is most likely to be damaged by weather if stored improperly or unprotected.

There are a number of techniques that minimize outdoor storage losses of round bales:

1Krishona Martinson can be contacted at krishona@umn.edu


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