View Full Version : Has anyone tried this style RB cover?
Jun. 26, 2012, 09:22 AM
It looks better that a big tarp which drives me crazy to put on the RB in breezy conditions. But, if these aren't waterproof then they would be worthless.....
Jun. 26, 2012, 09:50 AM
Cattle might leave it alone, but my horses would shred this cover in no time, just because they could LOL
Jun. 26, 2012, 10:04 AM
Just what I need, 9000$ worth of round bale covers and 5 weeks to put them on... no thanks :=)
ETA: for that price, I could just about buy a (used) baler that uses plastic wrap... or however they do that :)
Jun. 26, 2012, 11:13 AM
I wouldn't put them out with the horses... just use them on the bales that are not being used until needed. I store 2-3 bales at a time and don't have a barn.
Jun. 26, 2012, 11:16 AM
How breathable are they? If they are like a tarp, I wouldn't at all put them on a bale during any degree of warmth. Condensation will effectively rain on the bale and ruin it.
Even a cold but sunny day with wet ground can set up condensation inside the cover.
Jun. 26, 2012, 11:21 AM
I saw photo's of bales spoiling in a feeder like that where it's hot and humid.
I love www.cinchchix.com. They work wonderfully.
Jun. 26, 2012, 09:21 PM
Thanks for the replies, that is a good point about the condensation.
I do have one of the cinchchix nets and I finally stopped using it out of frustration. They were wasting just as much hay as before I started using the netting. The problem is that we get a lot of spring rain and then they step all over the netting, driving it into the mud and of course then don't want to eat the dirty hay. And.... its a BEAR getting the hay OUT of the net when its wet and muddy. Ugh. The net is good for the middle of summer when we are in drought and the ground is rock hard or in the middle of winter when the ground is frozen. So, in my part of the world its good for 1/2 the year at best.
Jun. 26, 2012, 10:12 PM
I'm with you - I won't put a net in a bale out when there is any mud on the ground or in the forecast. And it IS a PITA to get the hay out of if they don't eat all of the hay: for this reason I only put *really* good bales in it, questionable ones I use for peeling off of. And my horses have figured out how to eat just as fast out of it as when I feed it by hand - so all it saves me is time. Not money. But I do love them for those times when I do get to use them!
Jun. 27, 2012, 05:20 PM
Last year I put one round bale out next to another one that I had covered with a tarp tied around it (was going to uncover when they finished the other bale). The brats were only interested in the tarped one and tore it off.