Net, plastic, and twine-wrapped large round bale storage loss

T. M. Harrigan, C. A. Rotz

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Abstract

Dry matter loss and quality changes were measured in large round alfalfa hay bales formed in a fixed chamber baler and stored six to nine months in East Lansing, Michigan. Four storage methods were compared: twine-wrapped bales stored in a shed on wooden pallets and twine, plastic, and net-wrapped bales stored outside on pallets. When removed from storage, twine and net-wrapped bales stored outside contained more moisture throughout than bales from the other two storage methods (p<0.05). Dry matter loss averaged 6.0% in twine-wrapped bales stored inside and 9.6, 16.3, and 16.5% in plastic, net and twine-wrapped bales stored outside, respectively. Increases in neutral detergent fiber, acid detergent fiber, and acid detergent insoluble nitrogen concentrations were higher in the outer [10 cm (4 in.)] layer in net and twine-wrapped bales stored outside than in bales stored inside or wrapped in plastic (p<0.05). Crude protein concentrations in the outer layer and all forage quality measures from the center of bales were similar across storage methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-194
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Engineering in Agriculture
Volume10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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