Back in 2013 the
Ministry of Agriculture’s sessional paper number
five stated that fodder for cows accounts for
approximately 70 per cent of the total expense of
This has probably
become an even greater farm cost in the light of
climate change and inflation.
Dairy farmers are
highly dependent on rain fed fodder which results in
fluctuating seasonal milk output.
During the rainy
season there is a surplus of grass, but the dry
periods cause shortages which underlines the need
for more hay.
There is a
noticeable increase of interest in hay equipment to
meet the rising demand for hay.
In order to satisfy
this demand, hay production must adopt methods to
preserve the nutritional value and efficiency of
storage of the bales.