Photo Source: Ed Zahn from Bruno Rimini Corp (2013)
The picture on the left side (A) shows alfalfa bales harvested at the same time but the bales in the front were left unprotected and showed signs of weathering, while those in the rear were protected with a breathable hay tarp. The picture on the right (B) shows the internal color of the alfalfa underneath the tarp.
After the forage has been properly covered, it is important to regularly inspect and repair the covered surfaces of the hay to maintain feed quality. In general, catching a damaged cover early can help minimize spoilage from excessive moisture. An annual evaluation of covering and feeding practices can help a livestock producer extend their hay inventory and feed higher quality forage all year long.
- Ball D, Bade D, Lacefield G, Martin N and Pinkerton B "Minimizing Losses in Hay Storage and Feeding". http://www.clemson.edu/psapublishing/PAGES/AGRO/Hay.pdf
- Hollin F (2009) Oxygen-Stopping Silage-Covering Systems Woks. Hay and Forage Grower. http://hayandforage.com/silage/0923-oxygen-stopping-silagecovering-system
Source: Karla Hernandez