Moorefield Farms
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Harvesting

From mowing to storage we try to utilize the best equipment and methods to ensure our hay remains the highest quality available to the customer.  By sharing our harvesting process with you, we hope you understand the care and attention to detail we put into our product.  

All hay fields are fertilized annually using either commercial fertilizers or a combination of commercial fertilizers and poultry manure.  This is important because it raises the nutritional value of the hay....making it much more palatable and nutritious to the animal than non fertilized hays.  PH levels (lime) are also monitored every 3 years on all of our hayfields. 






Using 35 ft KRONE tedders to fluff our hays several times before harvest, we insure a more uniform rate of drying then farms that do not ted.  This creates a uniform moisture level, less sun bleaching and helps prevent mold.

 



Using NEW HOLLAND balers and KUHNS bale accumulators,
we can bale and ship hay with all the leaves STILL in them!  The accumulators eliminate hand labor and GREATLY reduce leaf loss and bent or deformed bales.....bales are not kicked, dropped, or moved by hand.  Keeping leaves in the bale.




 

All of our hay is stored in either open sided steel buildings, which greatly increases air flow and in return QUALITY, or wood sided "bank barns" which also aid in airflow while reducing sun bleaching.  NONE of our hays are stored outside or under tarps!!







 
Self propelled Mowers allow for uniform drying in a light, fluffy windrow.



 




Using Rotary rakes all hays are raked into 15' swaths before bailing.  Rotary rakes make a much more uniform windrow than do other, cheaper type rakes, with no "roping" of the windrow, no dirt in the windrow, no rocks in the bales, and more uniform moisture levels.



More of the baling and loading process





  
By raising Corn, Soybeans, Wheat and Rye in addition to hay we are able to rotate our fields out of hay production every 5 years.  By doing this, we can greatly increase the uniformity of our hay fields and reduce weed and insect pressure in our hay.