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There aren’t many things more satisfying than having a farm that is as self-sufficient as possible, and when it comes to feeding your livestock, making your own hay is a great idea. The two most common types of hay bales are small square bales and large round bales. There are other types as well—such as large square bales and small round bales—but they aren’t as common. Because each type of bale is made with a different kind of hay baler, choosing which type will be most ideal for you is an important step—you don’t want to buy the wrong equipment and discover too late that you’d prefer to be making a different type of bale.
Small squares bales are very common because they’re simple produce and easy to handle—they typically measure about 3 feet long by 1½ feet wide and are a bit more than a foot tall. They’re a great choice for a small farm without a lot of hay to bale.
Round balers, as their name implies, produce enormous round hay bales that can weigh hundreds or even thousands pounds and upward.
Baling hay of any type requires plenty of machines and a lot of time and effort, but with some advance planning, you’ll be well on your way to feeding your livestock with hay from your fields.