Authors: Juliana Macuhova, Bernhard Haidn, Stefan Thurner
Published in: CSBE-SCGAB Technical Conferences » 5th CIGR and AGM Quebec City 2021 » Regular Sessions
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Description: The interest of dairy farmers in barn dried hay production increased in recent years in Bavaria. However, only less information is available regarding the labour input for barn dried hay production using recently available technologies. The aim of the study was to evaluate the labour input for the production of loose barn dried hay in all and for all tasks needed to be performed. Furthermore, the quantity and dry matter content of the material should be determined at some cuts and farms during harvest. The labour input was recorded on 5 Bavarian dairy farms. The labour involved in the tasks of interest recorded their working times using working diaries. The collection of the samples for the determination of the dry matter content and the weighing of the harvested material were carried out for each forage wagon load during the harvesting of one batch. The dry matter content of the harvested material across all recorded batches averaged 71.97?10.93 %, and was thereby slightly higher than recommended. The highest labor input of 8 recorded tasks was needed for harvesting and transport (0.82?0.27 h), followed by mowing (0.65?0.21 h) and loading the material into drying boxes (0.63?0.14 h). To complete and control the drying process, on average 0.33?0.17 h were needed. The mean total labour input per cut and hectare for barn dried hay production was 4.12?1.29 h what is twice as high than for silage production on comparable farms.
Conference name: 5th CIGR International Conference and CSBE-SCGAB AGM 2021, Quebec City,QC, 11-14 May 2021.
Session name: Agriculture and Society 1
Publication type: Presentation
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering