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Reducing Winter Hay Waste

As winter weather approaches, many producers are turning to hay for their winter feedings. Hay can be one of the most difficult forages to preserve – in fact, more than 50% of harvested hay is wasted. While it may not be possible to prevent all hay loss, the following feeding and storage tips can help you get the most out of your hay this winter.

Store Hay Inside (If Possible)
Storing hay outdoors can result in losses of up to 20% of your bale. If indoor storage is not an option, steps can be taken to reduce dry matter losses: select an elevated area that is not located under trees to store bales – this will allow water to drain and bales to dry faster following any rain or snow. Bales should be arranged in a single layer, covered with tarps, and elevated off the ground with pallets or gravel to prevent quality loss due to moisture wicking or mud.

Ventilation Is Key
Ensure proper ventilation when storing square or rectangular bales in a loft. Karla Hernandez, a forages field specialist with South Dakota State University Extension, says, “Good ventilation is needed during the first 1-3 weeks after baling to eliminate moisture quickly as it exits the stack.”

Storing Round Bales
Storage losses of up to 40% are typical for uncovered round bales. Bales that are exposed to inclement weather will decrease in digestibility.

Proper Baling
Ensure your bales are tightly packed to reduce moisture penetration. Hernandez states that, when using your palm, if you can compress a newly packed bale more than a half-inch, you should expect significant losses.

Feeding
Since hay that is stored outdoors will spoil and lose palatability more quickly, farmers should feed this hay first.

Cows can waste up to 50% of the hay they are fed. Using a Patz Vertical Mixer to incorporate hay into your total mixed ration is a good way to help reduce hay waste during feeding! Patz mixers produce a consistent, thoroughly-mixed TMR, which prevents cattle from sorting.

 Dustin Leno, a beef producer in North Dakota, switched to a Patz 1200 Series Vertical Mixer to feed his herd of 650 cattle. “The Patz Mixer makes a big difference. It blends everything up when the [competitive brand mixer] would have dead spots. My cattle aren’t sorting like they were before,” Dustin says, “Now that I have the Patz, it’s fun feeding again.”

Read Dustin’s full testimonial.

Sources:
Hernandez, Karla. “Proper Hay Storage During Winter.”South Dakota State University 18 Nov. 2013
Kallenback, Robert. “Reducing Losses when Feeding Hay to Beef Cattle.” University of Missouri 

Tub Mounted Magnet* now available on all Patz Vertical Mixer Series!

 

Patz is pleased to announce the availability of a Tub Mounted Magnet* that will fit our most compact mixers! The addition of this Patent Pending Tub Mounted Magnet to our 400 Series and 270 cubic foot capacity 800 Series Vertical Mixers means that a Patz Vertical Mixer of any size can now be fitted with a Tub Mounted Magnet* to help you protect what matters!

Our new Patent Pending Tub Mounted Magnets fit easily into the tub wall of Patz Vertical Mixers. Encased in stainless steel, the magnet is mounted on a hinged assembly for easy removal of tramp metal.

Our Patent Pending Tub Mounted Magnet is now available for ALL Patz Vertical Mixers! New mixers can be ordered with a factory-installed Tub Mounted Magnet*, or contact your local Patz Mixer Dealer to field-install the magnet on your existing stationary, trailer, or truck mount Patz Vertical Mixer.
* Patent Pending

Note: This Patent Pending tub mounted magnet must only be installed on Patz Vertical Mixers.

 

Lon Wright with Patz 1200 Series Vertical Mixer

Patent Pending Tub Mounted Magnet Worth the Investment, Says Dairy Farmer

“The tub magnet has caught roofing nails, broken sickle sections, and a mower knife. If it saves one cow, it’s paid for itself.”

Lon Wright of All Wright Farms
Muncie, IN

Back By Popular Demand: 8000 HP Vertical Pit Pump

Patz is pleased to reintroduce the 8000 High Performance Vertical Pit Pump to our line of manure handling equipment.

The 8000 High Performance Vertical Pit Pump is ideal for agitating below-ground liquid manure storage pits and for loading liquid manure spreaders. The vertical pit pump can be permanently installed on a stationary base, or mounted on a 2-point hitch with hydraulics to allow tilting.

The 8000 High Performance Vertical Pit Pump requires a minimum of 140 horsepower to operate. The pump has a 1000 RPM input and an 840 RPM output, allowing for a loading capacity of up to 3500 gallons per minute.

The pump is available in four lengths (measured from top of the pit cover to the pit floor/sump): 6, 8, 10, or 12 feet. The pump’s 8-inch pipe offers fast loading for distances up to 350 feet. AR-400 abrasion resisting steel components ensure a long lifespan.

Contact your local Patz Dealer for details on our manure handling products.

Let Patz handle your manure so you don’t have to!