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Steve

09-29-2004 08:10:58
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Dumb question but ...what sort of attachements will I need in order to make my own hay. Have a tractor, 150 ac of fertile soil and willing to learn. Help!

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Hay Dr

10-06-2004 07:42:01
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Re: (Newbie) making hay in reply to Steve, 09-29-2004 08:10:58  
Ther are thousands of good choices. Implement alley has more information that this forum

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John (MO)

10-01-2004 09:33:08
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Re: (Newbie) making hay in reply to Steve, 09-29-2004 08:10:58  
It's not a dumb question at all. Even knowing where you are, what kind of hay you want to grow, and what you are going to do with the hay once you have it up, there are still a lot of different options for equipment. As with most things, the amount you want to invest in the equipment will make a huge difference in what may be best for you. Another large consideration is how much time you will have to devote to putting up this hay. Let us know what climate you are in and what you are going to do with the hay, and from there you should hear lots of very good opinions, and maybe a couple of strange ones thrown in just for good measure.

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Jerry A.

10-01-2004 08:16:36
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Re: (Newbie) making hay in reply to Steve, 09-29-2004 08:10:58  
I agree with Paul. If you're just starting out, you might want to plant just a few acres in hay to test the situation out and see if you like it. You could rent out the rest of the land and pay for the equipment you buy to experiment with raising hay. 150 acres is quite a bit of hay.

Good luck.

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paul

09-30-2004 23:06:24
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Re: (Newbie) making hay in reply to Steve, 09-29-2004 08:10:58  
150 acres of hay is a full time job for many! Grass or alfalfa? Round or square bales? What climate, how many cuttings will you get?

You need something to cut the hay, something to rake it, something to bale it, and something to pick up the bales. You might need something to ted it as well.

There are about 3-12 good options for each of those operations, depending on how big an operation, your climate, & your customers.

For a few acre operation, you need 30 hp tractor at least. For 150 acre operation, you probably need 2-3 tractors, one cutting, one baling, & one or 2 moving bales - 50-150 hp tractors. Round bales or large square bales are a lot easier to get done & handle, but depends on your market, who is buying.

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maidhc

09-29-2004 10:24:57
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Re: (Newbie) making hay in reply to Steve, 09-29-2004 08:10:58  
Speaking from an Irish context I would suggest

a) Mower: maybe a s/h Kuhn or John Deere
b) PZ Haybob (where would we be without them!, get a 300 series if the finances allow).
c) Round Baler (or a square baler). I like Welgers, but i'm sure John Deeres/New Hollands/Class/Krone are equally good

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Re: Re: (Newbie) making hay in reply to maidhc, 09-29-2004 10:24:57  
dotn try to do 150 actes the first year ,i have 125 of sudan and at 6-7 round bales per acre it is too much with a full time job,im tooled with a 150, 90 and 45 h.p.tractors .the problem is it will all be ready at the same time.


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