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Mark    Posted 01-22-2004 at 09:09:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
If i was growing 75 acres of Alfalfa hay. How big of a building would I need to store a years worth?

deadcarp    Posted 01-22-2004 at 11:42:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
technically, you wouldn't need a barn. just stack the bales in the field, top the stack with loose hay, tie the top down with poles along the sides and twine over the top, and let her blow til spring. if you must spend money, buy some blue tarps to cover it, then use poles and twine to hold that down. :)

del    Posted 01-22-2004 at 10:44:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think a 40 by 60 with 14ft eves would be the minimum. I used to put square bales in an old barn that is 45 by 65 with 14 by 45 drive way thru the center and I don't think we ever got much over 5500 in it(leaving the drive way emty).
75 acres at 80 bales=6000 bales. Good alfalfa should do better than 80 bales, but unless you're in a dry climate, you'll loose part or all of a cutting now and then.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-22-2004 at 10:19:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Figure about 2 ton/acre dry per cutting...Bad year here they get 2 cuts...Good year they can get 3...That means just about 5 small round bales per acre per cutting or about 80 small sqaure bales per acre per cutting...

I have NO idea what that translates to in real 'volume'...

Willy-N LOTS!    Posted 01-22-2004 at 10:35:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is a lot of hay off 75 acres. With those figures that comes up to around 450 large 4X4X8 bales @ 1,800 lbs a peice and needing 56,000+ sq. ft of storage space. That is around 2 barns 48 X 60 full up to 10 ft high with a little walking room. Mark H.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-22-2004 at 11:10:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around here...

'Round bales' are about 800 pounds (appx 3' tall by 5' diameter) and 'square bales' are around 50 pounds...

Now...You go two hours north...And a 'Round bale' is about 1300 (appx. 4'x8') pounds and squares are about 80-90 pounds (aka. Canadian Bales)...

Depends what is the historical norm in your area it seems...So when I said 5 round bales per acre, that would be 5 at 800 pounds for 4000 pounds dry, or 2 tons/acre...

Willy-N    Posted 01-22-2004 at 16:53:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have never raised hay. I was going by the 2 ton per acre X 3(cuttings) = 6 tons (6 bales) x 75 acres to come up with the amount. Out big rectanglar bales are around 1,800 lbs per bale. Just did not relize you could get that much of 75 acers. Mark H.

Defender    Posted 01-22-2004 at 10:05:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
it must be a regional thing, cuz around here no one 'bales' alfalfa. it is all chopped for haylage and stored in silos.

Steve from Tn    Posted 01-22-2004 at 10:44:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think that horse folks like to feed it in hay.

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