Building a Better Bale

After the work you put into cutting it right and drying it fast, you have to make sure you’re building a better bale. What’s the most obvious sign of a better bale? Higher density. The denser the bale, the higher the nutrition in those bales. Higher crude protein and better feed value mean you’re getting the most from your crop while providing improved palatability for your herd. Increased density is your assurance that your bales will last longer and provide higher animal nutrition. Denser bales are also more economical to wrap, handle and store in the long run.

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Fewer bales

High-density round bales from New Holland balers result in up to 39% fewer bales. By producing fewer, denser bales per acre, you’ll spend less time, labor, fuel and supplies as you bale, transport and store your crop.

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Improved Baleage Quality

Greater bale density helps lower the pH and sugar content of the fermented bale. This indicates proper fermentation of the sugars available under anaerobic conditions and prolonged forage stability. Denser bales also remain cooler which increases available crude protein for your livestock.

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Improved Digestibility

Bale-Slice™ technology produces an average forage cut of 6 inches in length that is simple to feed and digest. Forage that is more easily digested can increase average daily gain in your yearling heifers by up to 23%.²

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Take a look at the recent Penn State University Better Baling Study and the competitive comparisons that show how to get the most out of your baler.


Penn State University explains why bale density matters, and how it can improve your overall baling operation.


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Roll-Belt™ 560 Plus with Bale-Slice

The Roll-Belt 560 Plus round balers are ready to tackle even more demanding conditions to get the most out of every season. They possess the latest design enhancements, plus the smartest technology. You can rest assured that they’ll remain in the field for years to come.

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BC5000 Small Square Balers

New Holland square balers are reliable and hardworking. That’s why they’ve been the choice of haymakers for generations. For innovative features and top-quality bales that are consistently dense and easy to handle, look no further than a New Holland square baler.

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BigBaler Plus 340

Density is king when it comes to producing big bales. New Holland’s BigBaler Plus models create bales with impressive shape and more consistent density throughout the day. You’ll be able to pack more crop into each bale for more efficient bale handling, storage and transport.

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The Science of Hay Preservatives

The use of CropSaver hay preservative allows you to bale up to 30% moisture, extending your baling window and making you less dependent on ideal weather conditions. Safe for all livestock and gentle on your machine, hay preservative protects the quality of every type of hay-including alfalfa, grass and more. Bales treated with CropSaver hay preservative consistently yield more tonnage and have a higher relative feed value (RFV).

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Step Three: Handling

You’ve cut, dried and baled your crop. Now is when the savings really shine through. Discover why denser bales will save you money on net and film wrap and transportation costs.


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.

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