There are many variables that determine how many small bales of hay in a large square bale. The first question to ask is “How big is the horse?” If you have a small pony or colt, you will need fewer bales of hay than if you have a large draft horse. The next thing to consider is how much space do you have available for storage?
If you only have enough room for one or two bales of hay, then obviously this question doesn’t apply. However, if you have several horses or just want to be prepared in case of an emergency, it’s important to know how many small bales fit into one large square bale.
The answer depends on the size and type of hay as well as how tightly it’s packed into the bale. For example, alfalfa cubes are larger than timothy pellets, so there are fewer cubes per pound than pellets and they take up more space when compressed together tightly in a bale2.
The National Hay Association recommends that one large square bale can be divided into five small round or rectangular bales3. This means that one large square bale could contain five small round or rectangular.
Last modified: October 29, 2022