Do I need a hay ring?

Do I Need A Hay Ring?

Do I need a hay ring? YES!!! Everyone has done the research that shows you will lose as much as 55% of the round bale with out doing any type of containment on it. I watched and / or read about one that lost as little as 5% +/- with this fancy high dollar hay feeder. I’m not gonna reinvent the wheel here, but some math needs to be put out there I believe.
Just a plain hay ring cuts this drastically and if you put something on the inside bottom to catch the hay (like we show you in the video) I would guess you are losing less than 25% now. You could also buy one that already has a catch or containment solid ring around the bottom.

Here is a scenario that is similar to what we look at here on our little farm every year.
30 round bales X $50 ea. = $1,500
If you loose 50% that is 15 bales or $750 just wasted. Gone. Bye-Bye.
Hay ring 25% or less. Now you are only losing 7.5 bales or $375.

In the scenario above we could say you are losing, but honestly you are GAINING 7.5 bales or saving $375.  Now we can buy approximately 23 bales instead of 30 or have 7 extra bales hopefully by the end of hay season. Just by investing one time in a simple hay ring we have cut our yearly cost of hay by over $300. Having a basic hay ring will pay for itself in the first year in most cases and in ours it will pay for itself twice in the first year.

Now it gets better. What about your time, fuel, transportation, etc for feeding those 7.5 bales. Now you don’t have that cost either. You now have easily saved over $400 when considering the above scenario.

If your saving money your making money!!!

First calf of 2016.

Well our newest member. Bout time. We was starting to worry a bit, but finally here he is. Hopefully the rest will all domino soon.

Well now we have to decide what to do with all the extra milk. Most of it will be fed to the pigs. They will be in hog heaven. Not to mention it will help cut feed cost.

 

Here he is. Probably name him hamburger or T-bone as he will more than likely end up in our freezer.

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Here is mamma being returned to her calf after being milked early this morning.

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More additions to the farm.

Well we ended up with a retired Jersey dairy cow and her bull calf. We will use her as a nurse cow to feed any young calves we may purchase along the way or any orphan calves we may have from our current cows. Her secondary job is to provide milk for whatever comes along like ice cream, butter, or just feed for the other farm animals. She is settling in to her new environment really well. We are so proud to have her here on the farm. Her bull calf will be a temporary addition just like the other two we recently purchased. His name is Steak.

 

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New temporary additions to our farm.

Well here is a couple pictures of our new temporary additions to our farm. We say temporary because we will butcher them.

Their names are Barbacoa and Brisket. We picked up a couple of bull calves from a local dairy today. This should be some good eating when we finish raisin them. Lets see how this project goes.

 

 

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