Hay Tarps Protect Your Hay – From Cows

Hay Tarps Protect Your Hay – From Cows

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Hay Tarps Protect Your HayʹFrom Cows Just about every farmer in the U.S. who deals with hay hasa collection of hay tarpsor some other means of protecting the crop that was harvested. More often than not, tarps are used to keep hay out of the rain so as to prevent mold and mildew, insect infestation, and spontaneous combustion.

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Hay Tarps Protect Your HayFrom Cows Just about every farmer in the U.S. who deals with hay hasa collection of hay tarpsor some other means of protecting the crop that was harvested. More often than not, tarps are used to keep hay out of the rain so as to prevent mold and mildew, insect infestation, and spontaneous combustion. But there appears to be another very good reason for using tarps: protecting the hay from cows.
A video out of Washington state has recently surfaced, giving an intriguing look into what goes on in a typical pasture when the cattle rancher or farmer isn't paying attention. The video shows several black cows seemingly having the time of their lives rolling a bale of hay down a hill. Whether they are playing or attacking what they perceive to be an enemy is unclear, nor does it matter. What is important is that the entire bale was likely lost by the time the cows were done with it. All Downhill from There An article accompanying the videopublished by the UK's Daily Mailsays that the incident occurred in Oak Harbor, Washington. Apparently, a group of cows were out feeding in the pasture when one of them, for no apparent reason, nudged a standing bale of hay with her nose. It began rolling, inviting the cow to nudge it again. Meanwhile, the other cows in the group started running and bucking. Once the hay bale gained some momentum, it was all downhill. You can tell from the video that there is a slight incline that appears to be just enough to keep the bale moving. As it rolls downhill, it completely unravelsuntil there is nothing left. Meanwhile, the entire herd of cows participating in the party seem to be having a grand old time. The half-minute is a lot of fun to watch. In the Field, at the Barn While the video provides an adorable look at one aspect of a cow's personality that most of us are not familiar with, there is also the technical and financial sides of the issue for farmers. It's not abnormal for hay to be bailed and left in the field for days or weeks until it can be collected and brought to the barn. Hay tarps are a tool for protecting any hay left in the field until it can be brought in.
Whether in the field or the barn, a good selection of tarps keeps hay dry. A good tarp might also have prevented the Washington cows from using their bale of hay as a plaything. To illustrate the point, consider the fact that farmers will stack three or four bales of hay together in the field before tarping them. The sheer size of the combined bales would prevent any cows in the pasture from being mischievous. The key to tarping hay bales is to provide enough coverage to keep moisture off without limiting the ability of the bales underneath to breathe. That's why you don't see hay bales completely wrapped in tarp material. Tarps tend to go on top with a little bit draped over the sides just to keep any precipitation or condensation from soaking into the hay. It is likely the cows in Washington more than enjoyed themselves rolling their hay bale down the hill. Given that cows are more intelligent than most of us know, it is also likely they might try to repeat it if given an opportunity to do so. Stacking several bales together and covering them with a hay tarp will prevent any such incidents from happening again. Sources: 1.Hay Tarps -http://www.myteeproducts.com/hay-bale-tarps.html2.Daily Mail -af-eremr/689lihWe-cl8136s/ewtiarc..okun/iaylamli://www.dhttpoup-y-Grted-exciaw-ys-a-p-alocsw calves-fun-rolling-giant-HAY-BALE-hill.html