Balers are machines that scoop up grass or alfalfa after it has been cut.  Then they form hay bales by compressing the grass and tying it with a string.  Hay bales can be either round or square.

Click here to see how round bales are made. Square bales are lighter than round bales.
Click here to see how round bales are made.Round baler Square bales are lighter than round bales.Square baler

After the hay is baled it can be moved into a hay stack or a barn for storage.  When winter comes and there is no grass in the pasture, a farmer or rancher can then feed the hay to horses, cattle and elk.

Click here to find out more about hay.

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