Weight Of Bale Of Hay

Hay can be anything like grass, herbaceous plants etc that are first cut down and then dry to store for use as different types of domesticated animals fodder, an alternative to pasture. Cattle, goats, horses, sheep, rabbits, pigs etc domesticated animals are fed hay when they are unable to access pasture or due to weather suitable grassland are not found.

So, when a large bundle of hay is wrapped and bound together tightly it is then called a bale of hay. In the early 20th century native European plants Timothy grass and clover were used as hay. In the USA Alfalfa was first introduced at the end of the 19th century and became the most common type of plant for hay. Since then it is still using as the main plant for hay.

How Much Does A Bale Of Hay Weigh?

Hay bales usually come in square shapes and round shapes. Among these two types of shape round shaped hay bales are usually larger than square-shaped hay bales. Square-shaped hay bales are found in two sizes small and large. Small square hay bales can easily be handled manually and large square hay bales and round-shaped hay bales are not handled manually rather they are handled by tractors with lifters. On average hay bales can weigh between 40 pounds or 18 kg to 2000 pounds or 907 kg. However, a standard square two-string hay bale can weigh around 40 to 75 pounds or 18 kg to 34 kg on average. And a standard square three-string hay bale can weigh 100 to 140 pounds or 45 kg to 63 kg. On average, a standard smaller round hay bale can weigh 350 pounds to 600 pounds or 159 kg to 272 kg and a standard large round hay bale can weigh 1200 pounds to 1800 pounds or 544 kg to 816 kg or more. The weight of these hay bales can vary due to many factors like size, density, moisture level etc.

Weight & Measurement of Hay Bales

SizeDimensionWeight
2 string square hay bale36 inches x 19 inches x 16 inches(L x H x W)40 to 75 pounds or 18 kg to 34 kg
3 string square hay bale44 inches x 22 inches x 15 inches(L x H x W)100 to 140 pounds or 45 kg to 63 kg
Smaller round hay bale4 ft x 4 ft(Width x Height)350 pounds to 600 pounds or 159 kg to 272
Large round hay bale5 ft x 6 ft(Width x Height)1200 pounds to 1800 pounds or 544 kg to 816 kg

Square Hay Bales & Round  Hay Bales Differences

Square Hay baleRound Hay Bale
Feeding square hay bales to animals can be exhaustiveFeeding round hay bale to animals is easy.
Moving to another place is very easy.Moving to another place is hard.
Easy to transportHard to transport as it tends to roll around.
Spoilage can be easy if not stored properly.Hard to spoilage as its tight compression makes it hard to move.

How Much Does A Bale Of Hay Cost?

Due to factors like demand, availability, quality of the hay and other things prices of a bale of hay can vary. Also across the USA, prices will be affected statewide. On average a good quality, small square bale of hay can cost around $120 to $160 per ton and a large square bale of hay can cost $130 to $170 per ton. On the other side, the price of a good quality large round bale of hay can be around $145 to $175 per ton. In the following table average price of a ton of hay bales in the USA is given.

Hay QualityBale TypeMinimum Price Per TonMaximum Price per TonAverage Price
PrimeSmall Square$205$280$243
Large Square$85$280$216
Large Round$120$275$195
Grade 1Small Square$160$290$229
Large Square$85$275$177
Large Round$65$210$152
Grade 2Large Square$85$180$137
Large Round$70$155$116
Grade 3Large Square$70$185$123
Large Round$50$160$105

The report released by the University of Wisconsin, Madison (May 2021)

Fun Facts

>>Beleive it or not too much moisture content on bale hays can cause a sudden fire. When the temperatures inside the baled of hay reach above 120 degrees F it can face a risk of spontaneous combusting!

>>Goats and sheep do not like to eat trampled hay! However, cattle and horses are not like them.

>>In the USA, almost everyone in the family including children and older members are involved in the haymaking process!