As a hay producer, you want to ensure you have made or purchased quality dry (but not too dry) hay for storage and or to feed your livestock. Note that the most important factor influencing the quality of hay is the actual accurate moisture at the time of baling and then at storage time. It will not be storage conditions or how mature the hay was. Hay is important to a farmer and his family. It feeds livestock which in turn feeds the farmer. Properly preserved hay, cut at the correct time, dried in a windrow and moisture measured, and then baled at the correct moisture content and stored at the correct moisture will provide the maximum feed value to livestock. High moisture at time of baling at >22% or 18% for large bales only produces costly problems. Wetter than normal hay creates mould, which eats nutrients, which creates heat, creates brown spots or worse burns the barn down. Think of the consequences of the hay supplier and for the rancher. Simple proper moisture management, 15% to 22%, eliminates fires and sick livestock due to poor hay. Large bales require <18% moisture content. Livestock owners and ranchers are looking for good value quality hay baled at approximately 15%.
Using a Hay Moisture meter is the only way a farmer can be sure that his hay is being baled at the ideal moisture levels.
A quality, accurate, simple, and easy-to-use, low-priced handheld unit obliterates the above problems. Why not have Happy Customers, Happy Farmers, well-nourished livestock, it is so easy than one thinks with a North American Hay Meter from Imbotec Delmhorst, the F-2000 hay moisture meter.
There are three different methods to determine moisture content in the hay. The oldest method relies on an experienced farmer crushing hay in his hands and analyzing the results. The second method takes 24 hours and you must use an oven. The third method is the fastest and most convenient by using a Delmhorst F-2000 with attachments, or a MIZA one-piece meter and getting results in seconds from a windrow or from the interior of a bale.
When it comes to making top-quality hay, the most important tools for the job include:
Using a Hay Moisture meter is the only way a farmer can be sure that baled hay is at the ideal moisture level.
If you use a MIZA Moisture Meter, insert the instrument’s probe into the bale and take a measure. You can also measure temperature and this instrument’s range is 0°C - 100°C (32°F - 212°F). Start by measuring the temperature. To do a correct measurement, insert the probe at a forty-five-degree angle into the hay bale and wait until the temperature is stable. The MIZA unit can measure Fahrenheit as well as Celsius. When using the longer probes like the 40” (100 cm) or longer, you must be careful that it doesn’t get stuck. As the instrument keeps taking continuous measurements, you must discard any value obtained before or after this procedure. Repeat the measurement at various places in the bale to obtain a good overview.
The MIZA Hay Moisture Meter is available in several lengths: 25 cm (10”), 50 cm (20”), 100 cm (40”), 200 cm (80”) and 270 cm (106”). We normally only stock the 25 cm, 50 cm, and 100 cm but the other models are available as a special order.
If your application requires measurements to be taken on the windrow or for a solution that can be mounted on a baler, then perhaps the F-2000 or FX-2000 from Delmhorst would be a better choice.
Call us at 1 866 IMBOTEC for a free consultation.
For a Value-priced Starter Kit, get an F-2000 package. Choose between a 10” prod (F-2000-10) or 18” prod (F-2000-18). Or just get both prods for around $60 extra.
If you want an automatic Moisture Meter that can be mounted on your baler and measure automatically as you operate, then we recommend the FX-2000. This moisture meter will automatically display Moisture readings every 4 seconds. Eight measurements averaged every four seconds provide real-time results. The Delmhorst FX-2000 moisture meter system is available in 3 variations.
For superior durability and an amazing 5-year warranty, choose one of our European-made, one-piece MIZA meters that measure both moisture and temperature in baled hay, and need no accessories. The stainless steel shaft on these meters extends right down to the base of the ergonomically designed wooden handle, eliminating a key stress point and protecting the probe from breakage.