Protect hay bales is one of the top priorities for a farmer during hay season. When hay is left out in the open there are a number of threats which could potentially damage hay including the sun, water, insects and even rot. With all the time and effort that has gone into cutting and baling hay the last thing a farmer wants is to see is all the hard work producing the hay bales destroyed by asn infestation of insects or bad weather conditions. It is therefore important you take the necessary precautions to protect your hay bales from any potential threats with a hay tarp. In this article we will discuss the qualities of using an effective hay tarp for protecting your hay bales.

UV resistant
A good quality tarp should offer UV protection from the suns rays that can be very damaging for hay because it can making it brittle and reduce the nutrients hay have. A common mistake which some people make is to use black tarps to cover their hay bales that have been left out in the open. This is not recommended as black is renowned for absorbing sunlight which can heat up hay bales and diminish its moisture and break down the hay's nutrient properties.

One of the main characteristics that you want in a good quality hay tarp is durability, as this will ensure it is strong enough to withstand pressure during rough handling and not rip or tear easily. While many people choose to use cheap poly tarps to protect their hay bales, these tarps are prone to rip and tear easily and therefore often do not last very long. A suitable alternative is the vinyl tarp as this material is stronger and more durable than a poly tarp.

In summary, the most effective tarp for covering and protecting hay bales is a white vinyl or polyethylene tarp because white is a known reflector of light from the sun thus effectively helping to prevent hay bales from heating up. Overall, a vinyl tarp has all the qualities and characteristics that will ensure hay bales will be well protected from mildew, the weather and from the sun's UV rays.