We know what ya need and McHay has ya covered !!
We produce and market a variety of high quality hay forage products and bedding products for the equine and livestock industries.
Our primary operation is McHay's "Ease Rite" Western Hay Products.
Farmers across the country typically bale their hay in the "big-bale" to reduce their labor and equipment costs in the field. For each baler a farmer uses, he also has to have a tractor and at least one employee. It takes 3 small-balers to equal the production of one single big-baler.
Therefore, using one big-baler is more cost effective in the field for the farmer than the 3 balers it would require to bale the same amount of hay in smaller sizes.
By producing the "big bales", they have reduced overhead by two tractors, to include fuel and maintenance, and at least 2 employees during harvest time.
While the "big-bale" hay is good from the field harvest and transportation perspectives - it is not very practical from the feeding perspective.
The problem with big-bale hay is on the feeding end for the breeder or owner. The big bales are hard to handle, require special equipment and many times a good portion of the hay goes to waste if just left in the pasture, barn or stable for the horses to feed from.
Losses can run as high as 50 percent.
We take the large square bales of premium #1 quality hay and then slice them into smaller, more manageable bales - thereby making the feeding of your livestock easier and more efficient.
Hence - McHay's Ease Rite Western Hay. (See Ease-Rite Video)
Smaller bales are much more efficient and are easier to use at feeding time than big bales. Using small square bales will result in low feeding losses if fed properly. Small square bales can be fed in bunks or racks whenever possible to minimize trampling and soiling losses. However, it is easy to distribute small square bales in daily amounts directly from the bed of your pickup throughout a pasture without much hay being trampled or wasted.
Feeding your livestock is easy.
The process for McHay's Ease Rite Baling to a smaller bale starts with an automated feed table on which the loader operator places the incoming big bales. The machine accepts both 3'x3'x8' and 4'x4'x8' big bales.
This table then advances the big bales into the cutter box which tilts them on their edge to allow for the proper cut. Once the bale has been sliced into 3 equal sections the bottom slab is slid over, allowing the next slab to fall down behind. These slabs are then pushed forward into the weigh chamber while the operator removes the old twines. Here the simple adjustable beam scale determines the proper amount of hay, which is sectioned off by the feed forks.
At this time, the weighed slab is split and advanced onto the lift table. The lift table then raises the slab into the compression chamber. The main compression ram now applies hydraulic pressure against the slab reducing its length by approximately 15% depending on the selection made for the finished bale length.
Once compressed, the eject cylinder forces the bale horizontally into the banding chamber. The bale is held with two steel plates, while the banding unit places bands transversely along its width. The number of bands is selectable, but normally would be four or six.
Once this process is complete, the next bale extrudes the finished banded bale out and it expands to its finished length. Depending on the selection, it is then fed into the secondary cutting box. This cutter slices the bales from one 16” x 36” into two 16” x 18” bales (or into three 16x19s with the 4x4 option).
After slicing, the bales are fed into the accumulation stacking table which groups them into proper configurations for mechanically handling onto the weigh and wrap station. Once the bales are weighed, wrapped and labeled, they are ready for storage or loading directly onto a trailer.
FEEDING McHAY'S EASE RITE WESTERN HAY BALES
Smaller bales are much more efficient and are easier to use at feeding time than big bales. Using small square bales will result in low feeding losses if fed properly. Small square bales can be fed in bunks or racks whenever possible to minimize trampling and soiling losses. However, it is easy to distribute small square bales in daily amounts directly from the bed of your pickup to your horses or livestock throughout a pasture without much hay being trampled or wasted.
CALL McHAY (580) 492-6429 FOR PRICES AND DETAILS