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Before you Load up the Hay Wagon: Know What You’re Hauling

County Agent News
Dan Folske
August 21, 2017

What are you Selling or Buying

            There is a lot of bales moving around the state right now. Chanda Engel, NDSU Livestock Research Specialist has a few comments about knowing what you are hauling. I will add that it is also important if you are selling. If you evaluate and know what you are selling you can price your product accordingly and you won’t have a mad customer who overpaid for poor quality feed and you can be sure you are getting top value for your good feed. Taking time to weigh a few bales from each field and sampling and testing those bales for forage quality puts you in a much better bargaining position. Your potential customer will be easier to deal with if you can tell him or her actual bale weights and feed value rather than just guessing. I have a bale probe available for loan at the Burke County Extension office. It is easily operated with a cordless drill. Just give me a call at 377-2927. I might even be able to demonstrate its correct use. 

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