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    Default Making hay without a bailer

    I mow about 6 acres a year just to have a place for my grandsons to ride, play ect. I was thinking of haying it for my goats to eat during winter months. I don't have a bailer, just a bush hog with the back open and a old rake converted to 3pt, I do have a front end loader and was thinking of cutting it, letting it dry, raking it and using a loader to pile it up around a pole like old timers would do. Tarps
    are cheap so my plans were to cover it and use it during winter months. Does this sound like something that would work or should I just let the grass lay in the field and buy a few round bales when needed.

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    Default Re: Making hay without a bailer

    Quote Originally Posted by tucker2 View Post
    I mow about 6 acres a year just to have a place for my grandsons to ride, play ect. I was thinking of haying it for my goats to eat during winter months. I don't have a bailer, just a bush hog with the back open and a old rake converted to 3pt, I do have a front end loader and was thinking of cutting it, letting it dry, raking it and using a loader to pile it up around a pole like old timers would do. Tarps
    are cheap so my plans were to cover it and use it during winter months. Does this sound like something that would work or should I just let the grass lay in the field and buy a few round bales when needed.
    The problem you may run into is mold. Moisture could come up from the ground and still rot and mold the hay. Around here back in the day they still put the hay in a barn. I know even in a shed a person I have helped had issues with bales unless he put it on pallets to allow some air between the ground and the bales. How much you would lose I have no idea.
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    It would be cheap to try. Just look into how they did it in the good old days. I'd try searching "how to build a haystack" or something similar.

    People made hay long before hay balers came to be.

    In the worse case you burn a few extra gallons of fuel, it doesn't work like you wanted and then end up buying extra hay.

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    Default Re: Making hay without a bailer

    Go for it as a test!---make the stack as even as you can,---put it on high ground for good drainage making sure the top will run water off and not stand on it!---by nature there will be a certain amount of spoilage but most goats are not that picky in the winter! thanks; sonny580

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    Default Re: Making hay without a bailer

    There is a good thread here about how to make a traditional hay stack. Worth the time to read it. Some pallets on the bottom and a tarp over the top will save a lot of waste from mold and rot. The brush hog is your weak link as it shreds the grass and makes it hard to rake up into a tumble that can be pitched with a fork. A sickle bar or other mower designed for making hay will work better but you certainly could do it with what you have and the goats won't mind some fuzzy hay.

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    Default Re: Making hay without a bailer

    Here's the link to the thread vtsnowedin mentioned. You'll probably find the youtube video of the fel haysweep, interesting. I linked to it in the thread.

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    Default Re: Making hay without a bailer

    Thanks, I didn't know there was anything like haysweeping, now after watching several videos on youtube, this looks like the perfect answer for my hay making adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker2 View Post
    Thanks, I didn't know there was anything like haysweeping, now after watching several videos on youtube, this looks like the perfect answer for my hay making adventure.
    Glad you liked the video.

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    Default Re: Making hay without a bailer

    The bush hog will chop the hay up too much. Can you find a sickle mower?

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    Default Re: Making hay without a bailer

    No, I was told bush hog made models where one side was removable, this was for cutting hay. I plan to cut out one side of a old cutter I have.

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