Storage and feeding losses can accrue for any hay bale type, but large, round hay bale management systems often lead to the greatest and most consistent losses. By the time that hay is fed, much of it will have lost more than 25 percent of its feeding value. Research on hay storage often supports what many producers say, "I get about three bales' worth of feed out of every four bales that I put up."
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Barnhart, Stephen K., "Hay is a valuable commodity. Save money by limiting storage and feeding waste!" (2007). Integrated Crop Management News. 985.
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