Very flat and large fields here. Definitely would not want to be caught with one rolling in your direction. We realise that these won't fit many operations but have had more interest than we figured. The idea came just to serve our personal needs. The main push was aggravations with current Balers due to conditions we run in, downtime, missed knots, depreciation, and continued trades as machine prices increase every year. Our main goal is to produce a long life with high tonage production keeping cost per ton equal to or less than current methods.
I like this idea for the most part. Our grass meadows and wintering areas are all contiguous here with no public roads dissecting it. I use 4x4 x 8.5 squares now with an accumulator. Everything gets moved into position in rows with a stackmover and fed to beef cows with another modified stackmover in the winter. It’s sort of a bale grazing principal with more feed being set out every two to four days.
For most of my life we used a Hesston 60A stacker in a similar manner. When unloading for feeding in the winter I just drove forward faster than the unloading chains to stretch the stack to about double it’s length and half of its height. You had to load the stack from what was it’s rear end to accomplish this.
There is a little less waste with the large squares because they really only feed from the ends and can’t get on top of them so well. I’m not fond of dealing with routine twine and knotter issues though and do miss the care free days stacking.
I’ve thought of trying to build a giant round unit based on the old roller design because there is no shortage of used pipeline scrap around here, but it’s too big of a project for a one of a kind experiment.
If I had one of your balers I would get a stackmover that would load three bales end to end and place them near the yard in long rows at least three bales wide. If they would stay mostly together without twine I wouldn’t even use it. They would likely end up 7 feet high and 11 feet wide.
My only concern would be eye irritation in the cattle when there is hay above their heads. That will certainly occur feeding stacks left at full height such as with an electric wire. It would be interesting to see how a giant round bale would graze down.
As I recall our old Haybuster from the 1960’s made mighty nice round stacks for grazing that were 16 & 18 foot diameter with vertical walls that would stand up until the bitter end. Maybe that’s how these big bales should be set out, but I suspect that setting the field side down would be the better way.