It’s that time of year when you can tell the kids there are giant marshmallow farms as you drive by our fields! As they get older, you might want to let them know that they are actually big bales of hay wrapped in plastic and it’s called baleage… or, maybe not, that’s up to you! (hahahaha)
We’ve been hard at work at all of our farms wrapping up baleage. Baleage reduces hay harvest time from three or more days to one day. The bales are tightly wrapped in plastic to seal out oxygen. Inside the oxygen-free package, the forage ferments as in silage-making. Ensiling converts sugars into lactic acid, which preserves forage quality. Here are some photos from our Virginia farms taken by Operations Manager, Dylan Faille earlier this week.