The first step in making hay is mowing the grass or forage crop. This is typically done using a mower attachment on a tractor or specialized mowing equipment.
The goal is to cut the vegetation to an optimal height for drying and baling.
We offer Hay Mowers for all sizes of tractor, with gearboxes catering to anything from 40HP up to 200HP+
Once the grass or forage crop has sufficiently dried, the next step is raking. Raking involves using a hay rake, as mentioned earlier, to collect and arrange the dried hay into neat windrows or rows.
The hay rake collects loose hay, removes any debris, and forms windrows that are suitable for baling.
This step helps with efficiency during the baling process.
Once the hay has been raked into windrows, it is ready for baling. A baler is used to compress the hay into tightly packed bales.
The baler picks up the windrow, compresses the hay using a baling chamber, and secures it with twine, netting, or baling wire.
The size and shape of the bales can vary based on the type of baler used and the desired end use. Round bales and rectangular bales are common options.
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