hay equipment

How to Prepare Large Round Bales for Livestock Feeding

March 7, 2017

Whether your pasture or rangeland is short on hay for feeding due to limited resources or the cold winter months, you’ll want to make sure you have some large round bales available.

Large Round Bales

While hay bales can be used in a number of different ways, they’re primarily leveraged as a resource for feeding cattle where they can’t graze (barren land or inside stables and barns). To properly handle large round bales, farmers and ranchers should consider investing in a tractor, bale unroller, loader, and bale spear. With these pieces of equipment, handling the bales can be done quickly and efficiently (assuming the proper steps are taken).

What Is a Hay Tedder and How Do You Select the Right Type?

February 28, 2017

A hay tedder is used to spread and fluff hay in a uniform swath after a windrower, mower-conditioner, rake, or some other type of equipment has created a windrow. The hay tedding process allows producers to reduce the dry down time and is especially useful for those that live in wet or humid areas, as it allows them to complete the hay baling process faster.

Hay Tedder

When the hay tedder is in use, it feeds the crop into pairs of spinning rotor teeth. Operators should angle the rotors at an upward angle to lift the crop off the ground and float it to the surface.

Video Gallery: Frontier Hay Equipment Notes From the Field

March 5, 2015

As successful farmers have come to learn, when hay is down it’s important to get it dry and ready for bailing as quickly as possible, in order to maximize yield and quality. This process requires the right equipment. No matter what you need to get done around your farm, John Deere has hundreds of Frontier hay equipment implements and attachments available.

Frontier Hay Equipment

For this reason, we’ve gathered a couple of videos showcasing some of the most productive Frontier hay equipment on the market. Enjoy!

Notes From The Field – TD34 Series Hay Tedders

Combining Quality and Quantity with John Deere’s New Hay Equipment

October 1, 2014

While there were a number of headline-worthy introductions made at John Deere’s 2015 lineup rollout, commercial hay farming was at the center of it all, with offerings ranging from new balers, to disc mowers, and tedders. These new products eliminate the need for operators to choose between quality and quantity, with a number of new options that place the spotlight on large-scale production without risking superior hay condition.

New Line of John Deere Hay Equipment

To better understand how John Deere’s new hay equipment can simplify the operation, let’s take a closer look at some of the products that have been recently introduced.

Six Things to Remember Before, During and After Baling Hay

August 5, 2014

Whether producers are looking to feed a few animals on the farm or supply enough nutrients for large herds during the long winter months, the baling process emerges as a critical step in the haymaking process.

Hay Baling

While hay farming can come in many different shapes and sizes, we’ve decided to offer a few tips that all hay producers should take into consideration before, during, and after the hay baling process. Some things to remember include:

Ready the field for baling

Windrow

Video Gallery: Producing a Perfect Bale with John Deere Hay Equipment

March 13, 2014

From the early moments of spring growth to the final instants of baling, the haymaking season is comprised of a multiple step process. In order to ensure the best bales of hay are produced come year’s end, proper tools, techniques, and equipment need to be put to use throughout the cutting, drying (curing), processing, and storage phases.

We’ve taken some time to put together a gallery which includes seven John Deere hay videos, from equipment to technique, that will lead to better haymaking this year.

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