Show Me Shortline distributes one baler to the Midwest US market, the McHale V660 Baler.
We offer baler/wrapper combinations and many other products from McHale, but the only baler we sell is the V660- and it’s because it’s the best. Here we will answer some questions about tightly formed bales, why they matter, how you can feed your cows the best hay and still have a tightly wrapped bale that doesn’t effect their teeth, and why 4ft wide bales from a McHale V660 are better for you than a 5x6 bale that is not tightly baled.
A tight bale is important because it saves you time and money, you are getting more dry matter in a smaller space for not as much room. Tightly packed bales also shed water off better when they sit outside. Also with a tight bale we can get just as much material in a 4x5’6” bale as the competition can in a 5x6 bale. A reason you want a 4ft wide bale instead of a 5 has a lot to do with increased DOT regulations around the country. If you have 2 bales that are 5ft wide sitting side by side on a trailer, you will be over width and need a permit to haul them. But with the McHale V660 Baler, making 4x5’6” bales, you can easily haul them together with no issues and be legal in width and have the same amount of material at your disposal.
Now you might say “I don’t want a tightly packed hay bale for feeding because my cows teeth will suffer if they have to dig into a tight bale day after day,” but with the McHale V660 you don’t have to worry about that because the V660 has a 15 knife chopper unit and you can choose to chop it to your desired length, so feeding will be easy and the feed will be looser for your livestock. You waste less this way with your livestock because they can easily get their chopped hay out of the bale with little effort and all of it goes in their mouth, not on the ground.
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