¹ 5x6 round bales based on 39% fewer bales, 133 loads of dense bales vs. 217 loads of less-dense bales, 4.5 hours/load @ $15/hour.
² Penn State Bale Density Study
³ University of Wisconsin Undersander et al study
For every 20 degree Fahrenheit increase in bale temperature during fermentation, available crude protein decreases by 10%. If just 10% of a ration’s available crude protein is lost, or 1.7% on a 17% average crude protein ration, the cost of the soybean meal to replace it would be 47 cents per head per day.