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How many square bales are in a round bale?

Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by lacy, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. lacy

    lacy Senior Member+

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    I am looking at different ideas to deal with my tiny pasture with 4 horses right now with very little grass. I plan on getting a round bale and just taking a pile off of it per day to throw in the pasture.

    I think it is still cheaper to just get the round bale and do what I am planning on doing. But, I am curious- how many square bales do you think fit in a 4x5 round bale of Bermuda?
     
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  2. EVOO

    EVOO Senior Member+

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    It depends. How much does your round bale weigh and how much do available square bales weigh? Hay cannot be measured by size, it must be compared weight to weight.

    If you have a 500 pound round bale and 50 pound square bales, then 10 square bales would equal 1 round bale - you'll seldom find the math that convenient in the real world, though. Even bales from the same farmer, same cut, same field will vary in weight.
     
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    livaliljequist Senior Member

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    I have 6x6 round bales that weight 2,000 lbs........it is always cheaper to get round then square. 65.00 per round bale compared to 6.00 a square bale. My square bale run 45-50 lbs depending on the thickness of the fields.......
     
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    hmm, very good point. I forgot about the weight...
     
  5. Super Step

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    I totally agree.
    Some rolls may be as big as others but not rolled as tight. Same with squares.

    I had some of my hay rolled one year. (5 X 4 rolls) I needed some square bales and unrolled a few rolls and squared them.
    I only got 11 - 12 bales per roll. I thought there would be more than that.

    Another point is how much does a square bale weigh? I have come to learn that the weight of a square bale is deceiving.
    I decided to weigh my square bales as they came out of the baler and adjust the weight until they ran around 45 lbs. (and 42 inches long)
    When a customer came to get hay out of the field he asked why I made the bales so heavy, at 65 lbs?
    I pointed to the hanging scales and told him to weigh a few. He was shocked that they only weighed @ 45 lbs. He had been buying "45 -50" pound bales that were not as heavy.
    [If I can bale 1000 bales and cut 5 lbs per bale, I have baled an additional 125 bales. At $4 per bale, I have made an extra $500 ;)]
    I now keep a set of scales on the entrance gate when I bale. Customers are welcome to weigh any bale they desire.

    Lynn, one consideration you will need to make when pulling hay off a roll is the rolled hay is not compacted. It will be fluffy.
    It would take a lot of hay from a roll to equal in weight what you throw in a few flakes from a square bale.
     
  6. sisterfrog

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    Excellant answer.
    Square bales here i don't think go but maybe 50# . $8.50 a bale..
    Do you think using the fork & pitching it over the fence, with it all light & fluffy,, Horses grazing longer. Round bales $90. 4'x5'
    Thanks for spinning all the sides..
    Round still has to be the way to go.
     
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    Caoimhe Senior Member

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    Geez I'm envious of your hay prices. :(

    I'm paying $16 a square bale -.- maybe 45 lbs.
     
  8. doublelranch

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    I'm not jealous of your prices! I pay $3 square brome 45# and $35 for 1600# round of brome, timothy, orchard and clover. That being said, the amount of hay you get in a roundbale depends on how it is stored. If stored outside uncovered, a lot is unusable due to mold. Bales stored inside are better value but usually more costly in my area.
     
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    Very much depends on the weights of both like everyone has said. I don't think you will ever find a situation where it isn't cheaper to feed round bales though. If you are feeding it daily it does appear to take more hay pulled from a round bale to equal what a few flakes would weigh. We feed our pasture horses a round bale and leave it out with them and they handle it well. They will waste some but not much. Our stall kept horses are fed square bales just because it is a hassle to have to pull hay from a round bale to feed in stalls. It is worth the price difference for me.

    I just realized how thankful I am for our hay prices. Holy Cow!!! If I had to pay what hay brings in some of these other places my horse herd would be DRAMATICALY smaller, I have 7 right now! We pay $3 for squares of mixed grass and $4 for orchard grass. A 5x6 round roll is $35.
     
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  10. Zephyer1995

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    Hay is killing me this year. I miss the days of following the baler and picking it up from the field for $1.25 per 50lb square bale of grass hay. I paid $6.50 per 50lb bale of timothy/orchard last week. Alfalfa mix is going $7.25 per 40lb bale.

    Last year squares were going about $3-3.50. This year around $4. 4x5 rolls go anywhere between $25-50 depending on where you get them.

    I much prefer rolls. Bit more work, bit more time consuming to feed. But soooo much more bang for your buck! I've been paying $25 per 4x4 roll of grass so for $50 I can feed my horses about 3 weeks. 3 weeks worth of square bales just cost me $130:cry:
     
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