We love talking to customers about how our products made their operation better. Today we talked with Mark Goode from Louisburg, Kansas about his purchase of a McHale V660 baler last year. Mark made these points about his operation last year vs. the years previous.
-Mark was able to double crop last year with rye and beans sooner because he could bale and wrap his high moisture hay and didn’t have to wait for the hay to dry out. He stated that this caused no soil erosion and the fertility of his ground stayed strong all year round.
-He found 20% better consumption from his cows with his bales being chopped by the McHale baler vs. long stem hay that his cows wasted because they picked through it to pull it out.
-Last year was the first year he never had to supplement his cow/calf operation. And he believes the overall health of his cows has increased.
-He achieved 10% better density of his bales with the McHale baler because it chops the hay then packs it tight- getting as much material in a 4x5 bale as other balers get in a 5x6 bale- and he didn’t have to worry about the cows being able to easily eat the bale because it was chopped.
-Mark said that “the future of farming has to do with 3 factors: productivity, predictability and economics.” And he believes that his baler improves all three. For productivity, he referenced his double crop, predictability is being able to bale and wrap high moisture hay and not wait for it to dry, and improved economics includes the increase in money you can make by double cropping, seeing your cows gain more weight with silage and not having to supplement your cows.
-Mark also was comforted by the fact that he sees lots of McHale balers that have 20,000-30,000 bales through them and are still selling for good use- something you don’t see with other balers.
-Lastly, Mark said for other farmers thinking of investing in a McHale baler, “you can double your capacity if you invest in the right equipment.”