We’re going to have a stall at the 2017 Farm World expo.
If you’re in the area, drop by & say hello – tickets are $20 and there are going to be over 800 exhibitors.
Make sure you grab a free bottle of water and Central Steel Build straw hat!
WHEN:Thursday 30th March – Sunday 2nd April.
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $20 for a day pass (or $18 if you buy online), $30 for a 2 day pass, and $55 for a full pass.
WHERE: Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Rd, Lardner, VIC. (15 minute drive from Warragul).
CENTRAL STEEL BUILD: You’ll be able to find us on North-South Street. We’re near the Working Sheep Dog Trial Area.
MORE INFORMATION: For more details, including how to buy tickets online, visit the Farm World website.
Watch this herd of wild horses being released into the wild
This incredible video shows a herd of captive horses being released back into the wild. A very rare sight (and a beautiful one, too).
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Storing Your Hay In The Best Way
A lot of farmers choose to store their own forage rather than outsourcing it from retailers due to economical reasons. However, making this decision means you make the sacrifice of potential feed spoilage as well. How do you minimize the amount of spoiled feed?
The weather has a high influence as to the amount of damage received in your feed stocks. If your forage gets wet it will get damaged.
The site you choose for storage impacts the amount of spoilage you get as well. Outdoor covered storage needs good site selection and preparation. Your site should have good drainage to try and minimize the amount of moisture present.
What Difference Will A Storage Shed Make?
You are able to reduce feed spoilage by 50% depending on rainfall and the dryness of your storage site. Shed storage will allow you to preserve 66% at the least of your harvest.
The value difference in storing forage will depend on the volumes you produce. The key point in achieving maximum saving is having flooring in your shed. Hay and Lucerne absorb water upwards from the ground.
Bale Size Etc
The larger and denser your bales are, the lower the ratio is of surface to volume. However big bales need to be made from sufficiently dry material. Remember that if the moisture content is too high of your bales they will start rotting quickly.
Hay Shed Or A Cover?
Of course a cover is cheaper than buying a hay shed, although the longer you are storing your feed and the higher volume you intend to store, the more practical a hay shed becomes. Also plastic covers tend to ‘sweat’ introducing moisture from above and limiting evaporation that could have helped to lessen the damage.