PICK UP ONLY
First, do the research for yourself on chopped hay. Multiple universities have done extensive research evaluating the benefits of chopped hay over traditional hay: Penn State being the first.
We only bale chopped hay. Chopped hay is cut one day, rake and baled the next in most cases. This hay quickly goes into a fermentation process. The bale is sweetened through this process.
Our baler is designed differently. There are two augers on the left & right behind the pick up. These augers force the hay from pick up into the center where between the two augers are mulching knives. These knives are staggered so to "chop" the hay before feeding it into the baler. Protiens and sugars are released into the bale from the grass at every chopped or crimped point. Traditional has has one cut, at the base of the grass. This grass is then left to lay in the hot Texas sun for 2-3 days before baling. Many valuable nutrients are lost trying to reduce the moisture content down. Chopped has 4 to 6 more cut or crimped points to release much more protiens and sugars into the bale. This combined with a higher moisture content from the start of baling speeds up the fermintaion of the bale, thus sweetening the bale.
The University research and benefits of chopped hay vs. traditional hay
- Produces its own healthy digestive bacteria
- This healthy digestive bacteria means your animal’s body consumes more of the hay for food, energy, and fat
- University research has found this bacteria to dramatically reduce the risk of colic
BETTER WEIGHT GAINS AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
- Helps manage weight in older animals
- Increases weight gains in yearling livestock; horses and cattle both
- Chopped hay is 4-6’ compared to traditional hay cut & baled from 18”-30”. Chopped hay is slightly longer than the width of your animals muzzle. This reduces the amount of hay which falls to the ground to be stood, slept, and defecated on.
- Waste is reduced from 30-40% in tradtiional hay to less than 10% when feeding chopped hay.
- Your animals are eating more from the bale, standing on less, thus reducing your feed and operation costs.
- Side by side, animals will eat chopped hay before other traditionally baled hay