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The best way to store bales outside is in rows, with at least a foot between rows and six inches between bales, although you want to stay away from tree lines as that allows more snow to collect.

Proper hay storage can be the difference between a win and a wreck

Pyramid-style stacks are a no-no for your bales

Reading Time: 5 minutes How your hay looks heading into winter depends on two things — where you farm, and how badly you were hit by the never-ending rains this summer. If you’re on the Eastern Slopes in southern Alberta where the weather was good, you’re probably in luck. But heading farther east, conditions this summer were dry and […] Read more

Cattle will waste more hay if it’s weathered and there can also be 
a big drop in digestibility and nutrient levels.

Ample hay supplies increase the benefits of storing bales properly

Protecting hay that won’t be fed until the winter of 2017-18 could save you $70 a head in winter feeding costs

Reading Time: 3 minutes Protecting hay from weather damage can significantly reduce the cost of wintering cows. Adequate moisture conditions in most of the province have resulted in larger-than-normal yields resulting in bigger stacks and rows of hay bales. If the winter is normal and cow numbers remain static, there could be a large surplus of hay carried over […] Read more