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Hay versus silage

Hay versus silage

Could the increasing cost of making round bale silage mean that hay is again becoming a more viable alternative?. Devon-based Profitable Farming Company (PFC) reckons that the total cost of producing a round bale of silage has risen by 51% over the past six years, largely due to the film element of the job now costing around £2.60/bale, assuming six layers of coverage. In acreage terms, PFC estimates the cost of producing silage bales at £270/ha, compared with its hay bale costing of £160/ha. But it's not just about film costs, according to PFC's Richard Snell. "With modern machinery and the development of automatic preservative systems such as Baler's Choice, which allow hay to be safely baled at up to 30%, hay has become a far more cost effective alternative."


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