Mike Brouk, Kansas State University professor and state dairy Extension specialist, studies the effect of pre-cutting round hay bales during baling on forage quality and processing time.
He recently finished a field trial looking at this subject. He shared pertinent findings during the recent Alfalfa U event sponsored by John Deere, Alforex and High Plains Journal.
There are baler models available that slice the forage as it's wrapped into bales, and Brouk wanted to see if tub grinding could be eliminated from the feeding process, as well as the forage losses that are associated with it. Read more