WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Our job is to make your life easier.
We produce and market a variety of agri-products designed to make the task of being a rancher, horse breeder, pleasure horse owner, farmer, livestock owner/operator or agri-product dealer easier.
Our primary operation is McHay's "Ease Rite" Western Hay Products. We take the large square bales of premium #1 quality hay and then slice them into smaller, more manageable bales - thereby making the feeding of your livestock easier and more efficient.
Farmers across the country typically bale their hay in the "big-bale" to reduce their labor and equipment costs in the field. For each baler a farmer uses, he also has to have a tractor and at least one employee. It takes 3 small-balers to equal the production of one single big-baler. Therefore, using one big-baler is more cost effective in the field for the farmer than the 3 balers it would require to bale the same amount of hay in smaller sizes.
By producing the "big bales", they have reduced overhead by two tractors, to include fuel and maintenance, and at least 2 employees during harvest time.
While the "big-bale" of hay is good from the field harvest and transportation perspectives - it is not very practical from the feeding perspective.
The problem with big-bale hay is on the feeding end for the breeder or owner. The big bales are hard to handle, require special equipment and many times a good portion of the hay goes to waste if just left in the pasture, barn or stable for the horses to feed from.
Losses can run as high as 50 percent.
Smaller bales are much more efficient and are easier to use at feeding time than big bales. Using small square bales will result in low feeding losses if fed properly. Small square bales can be fed in bunks or racks whenever possible to minimize trampling and soiling losses. However, it is easy to distribute small square bales in daily amounts directly from the bed of your pickup throughout a pasture without much hay being trampled or wasted.
Feeding your livestock is easy.
Transportation costs are virtually the same regardless of the size of bale, since it is based upon weight and not size. Each big-bale weighs approximately 1,800 pounds. Twenty four (24) big-bales or 43,200 pounds of hay can be hauled by a 30,000 pound truck for a total of 73,200 pounds gross truck, trailer and product weight. The maximum legal weight of a hauler and load is 80,000 pounds.
McHay's primary goal is to make the horse breeders, owners, stable attendent's and zookeeper's feeding job easier & more cost efficient.