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Do round bales need to "cure"?

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  • Do round bales need to "cure"?

    Two inexperienced parties colliding here, which can't be good!

    - Farmer next door has always made either big wrapped silage bales or square bales, both for cows. This year he has had the opportunity to make "horse quality" round bales. Weather has been extremely dry -- I think other farmers are contacting him saying "come get this hayfield cut and baled before it is dry straw".

    - We usually have pasture all summer but the dry weather has us needing to supplement it before the fields are all just dustbowls.

    I contacted farmer about buying a few of the round bales, to put out in our pastures. We have no feeder, will just put it on the ground. He is making the bales right now. After arranging to have him bring a few over, my friend asked "why do small bales have to cure, but round bales don't?"

    Argh, I don't know. I don't even 100% understand why small bales have to cure but I have heard that -- put them in the barn for at least a week before feeding. Obviously if he plops these round bales down into our pastures, the horses won't voluntarily shun them till some future date!

    So what is the purpose of curing and should we worry about the round bales?
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  • #2
    It isn't hay til it cures, it cures when left to dry in the field before raking and baling, why do people think they need to "cure" hay after it is baled? It's hay, it is not going to get anymore hayier.


    • #3
      I have taken many a round bale and dropped it in the pasture on the same day it was baled. No problems.

      Ths curing comes before baleing... not after!


      • #4
        The curing is supposed to take place before baling, regardless the type of bale. Cruing is reducing the moisture content by sun drying until moisture is down below 14% and once hay is 'bundled' up in your choice of bale, it ain't gonna dry any more. If too wet, it will heat and spoil and maybe combust. FWIW, some of the new balers by Hesston and JD have moisture meters right in the bale chamber as an option. Those balers make rather nasty noises if the moisture content is wrong.
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        • #5
          Hay is cured before it's baled. There is no need to wait to feed it, regardless of the type of bale.
          "It’s a well-documented fact that of all the animals in the realm of agriculture, Bulls have the highest job satisfaction rate."~~Ree Drummond, AKA the Pioneer Woman


          • #6
            Originally posted by JoZ View Post
            After arranging to have him bring a few over, my friend asked "why do small bales have to cure, but round bales don't?"

            So what is the purpose of curing and should we worry about the round bales?

            well if everything is done right,there is no small bale curing needed but until everyone uses computers properly in their balers you are going to have "surprises" and sometimes you need to clean a field quickly before a rain and that set of bales will need to "wait" to see if they go off...this is really the basis of "curing" after baling...

            in regards to round vs small the round bales can be safely baled at a higher moisture than a square bale...sometimes as much as 5 points....basically the density of the round bales is lower (even in the hard cored centers) than the densities of small or even the large square bales

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            • #7
              Warning: Do NOT drop a fresh bale OUTSIDE Of said fence and plan to feed it out.

              You will NOT have fence left, will not have fresh bale left, and WILL have a muddy, mucky mess where you used to have driveway.

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