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.
15 Extraordinary and Incredible Facts About Horses
Horses have been a noble and loyal friend to mankind since roughly 4000 B.C. We share a special connection with these animals that nothing else could replace. Here is 15 strange and amazing facts about these beautiful creatures.
- Horse Hooves are made from the same kind of protein that your hair and fingernails consist of.
- There is only one breed of true wild horses still in existence today called the Prezewalski’s. The only wild population is located in Mongolia. As most people know however, there are numerous populations across the world of feral horses eg mustangs in North America.
- There is only one species of domestic horse in the world. However there are 400 different breeds that are specialized in anything from pulling a wagon to racing.
- The first cloned horse in history was a Haflinger mare in 2003 located in Italy.
- Scientists believe that the first ancestor of the horse today that is known of lived about 50 million years ago and is called Eohippus. It had four padded toes on the front legs and three padded toes on the back legs.
- The world record for the highest jump ever made by a horse is held by a horse called Huaso. This horse jumped 8 feed and 1 and 1/4 inches on February the 5th, 1949 in Vina del mar, Chile.
- The tallest horse recorded in history was a Shire named appropriately as Sampson. He was 21.2 hands tall (7 feet, 2 inches) and was born in 1846 in England.
- Horses have 16 muscles in each of their ears which allows them to rotate the ear 180 degrees.
- Wild horses are known to gather in groups of 3 up to 20. A stallion leads the group which consists of mares and young foals. When young males become colts they are driven away by the stallion and they roam until they can gather their own band of females.
- The average horse’s heart weighs approximately 9 to 10 pounds.
- The record for the longest jump in history over water is held by a horse named Something. Something jumped 27 feet 6 and 3/4 inches on April 25th in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- You can always tell if a horse is feeling cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area of their body is cold the horse will be feeling a chilly.
- A horse’s teeth take up larger amount of space in their head than their brain does.
- The fastest recorded speed of a horse sprinting was 88 kph. Most horses gallop at around 44 kph.
- Horses produce around 10 gallons of saliva everyday.