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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 1:23 pm 
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Stupid question alert...

Just be rebaling some straw and noticed all of the bales have about 2 inch pieces of string on every run of string. So are these little bits of string a problem if you are feeding the hay/straw/silage that is baled?

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I remember visiting a dairy farm back in uni where they were regularly tub grinding bales of straw to incorporate into the TMR. They didn't bother to cut the strings and just let little bits get incorporated in the ration on the basis it would pass straight though the cows.

Horse people on the other hand, will probably do their nuts at the sight of a single 2 inch long piece of polypropylene twine.


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We don't do many small bales nowadays, but when we did the little bits of string just disappeared.
One of the first things Dad taught me about feeding hay, cut the string next to the knots & pull them 8)

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DaveJ wrote:
I remember visiting a dairy farm back in uni where they were regularly tub grinding bales of straw to incorporate into the TMR. They didn't bother to cut the strings and just let little bits get incorporated in the ration on the basis it would pass straight though the cows.


Would have thought that the longer bits of string would get wrapped around the augers before they had chance of getting chopped up?
Bit messy. :?
You'd end up with bits of polyprop in the feed ... the muck ... & all over the fields. :(

We use netwrap on straw & silage - easier to take off.


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rogerm wrote:
We don't do many small bales nowadays, but when we did the little bits of string just disappeared.
One of the first things Dad taught me about feeding hay, cut the string next to the knots & pull them 8)


Did that for the one year I ever got near things with four legs.


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