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  • Joined Sep 2016
Hay feed for sheep
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:19:27 am »
The farmer who supplies hay for us over the past few years is no longer able to do so.  Our problem is that we can only buy 6 bales at a time as we have no storage space for more.  We live in Pembrokeshire - does anyone know where we can source small numbers of bales please?
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  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Hay feed for sheep
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 10:43:34 am »
You could buy small bales of wrapped haylage and store it outside?


  • Joined Jan 2011
  • North Lincolnshire
Re: Hay feed for sheep
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 11:15:21 am »
Before we got our hay storage we used to stack it on pallets and cover it with tarpaulin and put electric fencing around to stop the animals getting to it.


  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Hay feed for sheep
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 11:43:34 am »
I'm currently getting in big bales, which work out much cheaper than small ones, and using a bale tidy ( to cover it. I just take some off each day to put in the racks. It's so much easier than a tarp and really keeps everything dry and secure.
Our holding has Anglo Nubian and British Toggenburg goats, Gotland sheep, Franconian Geese, Blue Swedish ducks, a whole load of mongrel hens and two semi-feral children.


  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Hay feed for sheep
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 12:11:21 pm »
We switched to big bales as well, mainly for goats so we were going thru a over a bale a day, £4 a bale, big bale lasts about 2 weeks, £25. I did have to get one off someone else, £35 but a bigger bale. Roll it inside and unwind to to feed.
Could you make a wooden frame and use metal sheeting for a roof? Make gates for the sides?
less hassle than messing with small bales, which I use during summer.

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  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Hay feed for sheep
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 12:16:29 pm »
I’ve gone over to big bales this year... it’s at least halved my hay bill !

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Hay feed for sheep
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 02:30:24 pm »
If we need to get the hay made into big bales because of a change in the weather forecast we get them made as small as possible, which is rollable by two people, stand them on pallets and tie a tarpaulin over the top, securing it to the bottom of the pallet.


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