Hay equivalent produced utilizing bio-diesel equipment to remove moisture content by screw extraction: a pilot study
Burns, Curtis O.
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Producing quality hay in the Midwest with its unreliable weather is problematic. Failure to remove significant moisture content during drying results in moldy hay. Feeding such hay to animals is dangerous. Farmers owning both silage and bio-diesel production equipment could cut and transport grasses from the field to the bio-diesel screw extractor. The proposed hay production method is the direct cutting and removal of grass from the field to a screw extractor where hay equivalent at less than twenty percent moisture is produced for storage as winter feed. This study investigated and tested the moisture extraction ability of the screw extractor owned by UCM, by utilizing various moisture levels of grass as feed stock (simulating farmers’ field conditions). This pilot study achieved hay flake with less than twenty percent moisture content, but only once during this limited pilot study. Further testing is required to validate this alternate hay production method.