Hay Bellville offers custom baling, or as some will call it “haying”. Custom baling is where we go out to your location and we cut your grass and roll it or press it into a hay bale using our up-to-date John Deere hay balers. A baler, most often called a hay baler is a piece of farm machinery used to compress a cut and raked the grass into compact, custom hay bales that are easy to handle, transport, and store. Our hay bales are configured to dry and preserve the nutritional value of the plants bundled. Several different types of balers are commonly used, each producing a different type of bale – rectangular or cylindrical, of various sizes, and bound.
At Bellville Hay, their hay is around 6ft high and 5’ wide. The square bales, on the other hand, are approximately three feet long and a foot and a half wide. The weight varies depending on dampness and other factors. In regards to the round bales, Bellville hay can actually make them not as high so that they can fit better on their truck or in their storage areas, or easier to handle. (2) The thing to note however is we do not have the smaller hay baler for making the bales 4’ wide. Most people don’t have a problem with that however because they are still able to transport the hay where they need to, even if part of it is hanging off the truck since it is already on their property.
Prime hay baling starts from the beginning of March and goes all the way through October. Normally around here with proper rain, and proper property maintenance, you'll get three cuttings a year. There are those at agricultural universities that will tell you that you can cut every thirty days under perfect conditions, however, they use test plots as their reference. Typically that isn’t possible or prudent to do.
As a result, there are those who go by the “book” and require that from their balers. There has almost never, been such perfect, ideal conditions, here in this part of Texas, to produce those kinds of results. Since people read the publications that give customers the idea that it is possible, the customer will call and say, “Well, it’s been 30 days, but the grass is only four inches tall.” A baler just can’t make it worth the baler or the customer’s time to bale properties once a month. However, if the customer is persistent in wanting theirs cut every 30 days there is a minimum charge involved. (3)
Typically how the process works for custom hay baling is the customer calls us a couple weeks in advance and we put them on the schedule. The customer will typically give us access to open up the gate to bale the hay, along with any specific instructions we would need to know.
1. Wikipedia | Baler - Friday 1 June 2018, at 09:12 (UTC).
2. Hay Bellville | Hay Hay Hay - Thursday 21 April 2016 - 17:30:00
3. Hay Bellville | The Right Time for Us to Bail Your Hay - Monday 01 February 2016 - 23:00:00