This past Saturday, we woke up to a bright, sunny Autumn day. I naively thought that I would have the day open to myself - probably catching up on a few chores and then just finish my book I had been working on for the past couple of weeks. At 8:45 AM, the phone rang. The hay was ready and would be here in 45 minutes...allows more feed to be accessible and thus edible, instead of sitting on the ground and being wasted.
Large bales are not for everyone, and they do take extra equipment to move. However, they are so much easier to manage than smaller bales with less time in the snow and on the ground. Plus you are not having to feed in the evenings or mornings because alpacas will not over eat. Even if you do not have feeders, put hog wire around them so the alpacas can pull the hay out while keeping the bale in tact as long as possible. Instead of using a hay poker, we used to wrap the bale up in a large cinch strap and lift the bale up and place them in the barn, in a feeder, or on the stack of hay. Any scraps and stems from the hay are given to our horses. Thus, we are about 99% efficient on hay utilization.