Photos by Chris Torres
INSIDE-OUT DRYING: Two Chinook hay dryers were installed at Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville, Pa., last fall. Heated spears can dry bales in as little as 15 minutes.
READY FOR WRAPPING: Even though hay season is weeks, or even months away, there is still plenty of hay from last year to be wrapped at Heidel Hollow Farm.
MECHANICAL WRAPPING: The mechanical hay wrapping system at Heidel Hollow Farm is all computerized. Bales are tracked and tagged via barcode to whomever the customer is.
READY FOR MARKET: Most of Heidel Hollow Farm’s hay bales go to horse farms, but a good portion of the bales are also exported.
KEEPING HORSES HYDRATED: The farm has also delved into value-added products like Hydration Hay, a blend of grass and alfalfa that’s compressed into lightweight blocks to provide horses an easy-to-consume water source while on the road.
ON THE CUTTING EDGE: Whether it’s selling value-added products or purchasing a mechanical hay dryer, David Fink, owner of Heidel Hollow Farm, likes to stay on the cutting edge of hay production on his farm.