The production of hay has never been an easy task, but in the past obtaining high quality product was relatively simple. Using Alfalfa as an example, the biggest importance was given to cutting at the correct moment (right before bloom) as well as drying and delivering product in short amounts of time. Hay was loosely baled at 16%-18% humidity allowing it to breath throughout the entire process, with no fermentation, therefore no mycotoxins. This would ensure livestock would receive high quality forage and in turn improve production and health of the animal.
Over the years the advancement of mechanical technology has lead to highly packed and dense bales. With bales like this it is impossible to have high moisture without the perils of loss of quality, fermentation and toxic debris. Attempts to work around these complications have included, the use of chemicals such as propionic acid to delay fermentation, haylage (process where bales are tightly wrapped in plastic at high moisture levels to induce anaerobic fermentation for better conservation) or giving up hay production all together and buying from producers in “weather friendly” areas. In the end all these techniques have pushed us farther away from the HIGH quality hay we all strive for. High quality and fermentation will never go hand in hand.
Thirty years in the agricultural world have exposed us to the ups and downs of farming and how to overcome any obstacle. Our goal has always been to supply farmers with the best technology out there, in order to obtain impeccable results while maintaining reasonable prices. The Hay Dryer is the perfect example. With this product one is able to obtain the quality of the past while using the technology of the future.
The Hay Dryer is designed for the farmer to be able to bale hay at 18%-20% moisture, place it in the dryer for about three hours (drying time depends highly on many factors such as outside humidity, outside temperate, bale density, heater setting), and finally have the bale ready to go at a moisture level of about 10%. This process of drying hay allows the hay to maintain all its deep green color and leaves, all the good nutrients!
Different options for the Hay Dryer are as following:
1 to 5 modules
30 to 150 HP
Big Square or Round Bales
Powered by electric motor, natural gas/propane engine, or tractor PTO
Using any choice of power the blower pushes air through both the top and bottom of the bales. A proven balance between air pressure and air flow will ensure the center of the bale dries first. Once the air has entered the bale, it exits laterally carrying moisture with it.