Consistent Bailing Process
Lola hay uses new centerline balers that produce a very consistent package in weight and flakes. As well, we weigh on average 50% of the bales (50,000 bales) on government scales annually . This gives us a very exact bale weight, therefore giving our customer more value knowing the tonage they are receiving.
Lola Hay, uses to our knowledge, the best twine in the industry. This results in less broken bales delivered to our customers, which in turn means less waste. Lola Hay also has the ability to store over 100,000 bales under roof and on plastic, which eliminates end-rot which can be a common problem in tarped stacks; this also eliminates bad bottom bales.
Consistent Harvesting Method
Weather permitting, early cutting allows for a high quality product and increases the digestibility and protein. We also use macerating rollers during the cutting process to soften the hay which speeds up the drying process and also seems to increase digestibility. Consistent production allows for consistent dry down time therefore helping to eliminate moldy spots in bales.
Having soil that is high in nutrients contributes to the consistent production and therefore throughout the harvesting process, it keeps quality consistent.
The fields are rotated on average, every five years and oats are grown in rotation for two years to help the recycling of the fields to provide the inputs necessary for consistent production.
During the two year rotation the organic compost has been added to the soils to enhance the organic matter, as well fields through this process are cultivated to eliminate foreign species, therefore providing a more consistent end product. Soils are tested annually, as well as satellite imagery is used to keep fields consistently productive.
Delivery is provided with a tandem axel retriever truck and is available 365 days a year. This tandem axel truck is legal throughout the year therefore avoiding any interruption of delivery.
“Consistent feed makes for consistent performance which makes professional champions!” Gail Greenough, 1986 World Show Jumping Champion
Hay Buying Tip
Did you know small square bale hay in our region varies in weight from 45 to 65 lbs per bale? We recommend asking about the square bale weight before considering purchasing your next load. Buyers should be aware that the actual weight of similar looking square bales may be up to 20 lbs difference per bale.
Why does this matter?
If you purchase a full 160 bale load of hay with 45 lb bale weight at a price of $11 per bale the cost per pound you are paying equals to $0.24/lb. (160 bales x 45 lbs = 7200 lbs, 160 bales x $11 per bale = $1760, $1760 / 7200 lbs = $0.24/lb)
By comparison, a full load (160 bales) at 60 lb bale weight priced at $12 per bale costs $0.20/per lb. (160 bales x 60 lbs per bale = 9600 lbs, 160 bales x $12 per bale = $1920, $1920 / 9600 lbs = $0.20/lb)
When comparing bale weight and price per lb, the difference between the two loads is equivalent to receiving an additional 2,400 lbs of hay or 40 extra square bales.
At Lola Hay, we use specific equipment to guarantee consistency in our bale weight and size year after year. All of our new and returning customers enjoy consistent 60 lb square bales, with uniform size, every time.