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Making Hay

Seeding our Hay Ground

Our hay fields are seeded down and oats are planted over-top as a cover crop until the hay starts to grow. After the oats are harvested, the hay has the remainder of that season until the following May to grow. Types of Hay are; 1st and 2nd Cut – Timothy Alfalfa Combination and 1st Cut pure grass (ideal for horses). Our straw varieties include; Wheat Straw, Oat Straw, and Barley Straw.

Day One

Hay is cut with one of our self-propelled Hesston hay bines. When the hay is cut, it is conditioned in the process.

Day Two

In the early morning or late at night the hay is tedded (scattered out) over the field for better drying. We like to ensure we aren’t going to lose leaves off our alfalfa so by doing this at night and early morning allows for that extra bit of dampness for the leaves to stay intact.

Raking


Part 1 -Day 3 mid to late afternoon the hay is then raked back up in to single rows.
Part 2 – The rake then runs about an hour ahead of the balers, putting two rows into one, allowing the balers to have lots of hay feeding in to the chamber, making a nice firm bale.

 

 

 

Baling

Baling is primarily done on day 4 or 5 depending on the drying conditions. We use 3×4 balers making them 8 feet long. If rain is in the forecast sometimes it is baled sooner into 3x4x6 bales and then wrapped in plastic wrap so we don’t end up with spoiled hay.

 

 

Hauling


We have a fleet of trucks here on site to do all of our hauling. If hauling 3x4x8 we up the bales per load to 46 bales.
What happens after hay is baled?

After the hay is baled it is trucked to our storage property where we have three 244 x 68 sheds. If the hay has been baled before it is dry because of a high threat of rain or if the humidity isn’t allowing it to dry fully, the bales are then made into 3x4x6, or round bales. These bales are brought back to depot and then wrapped in plastic to maintain the quality and to keep it from spoiling.

 

Trucking and Loading


Weight can vary from load to load. In Ontario it is legal for the gross weight of both the truck and the trailer to be 90,000 pounds. Empty weight is indicated on a weigh ticket.

We have a licensed scale on site for weigh in and weigh out and provide a punched weight when the load is delivered to customer. Most loads are priced on cent per pound plus a delivery fee which depends on the distance and fuel cost at the time of inquiring.