I ordered my winter hay a while back and our hay man say's he'll start delivering it next week; $35 a round bale for 15 CWT bales, and I ordered 40. We have 11 head of cattle: 2 Jerseys @ 19 CWT, and 6 Milking Devons that we'll be wintering @ 38 CWT. I understand that the math for hay is (animal weight X .02) X number of days on hay. For us that would be ((5700 X .02) X 225)/1500. We are using .03 for the daily hay allottment just for good measure. ((5700 X .03) X 225)/1500 which is something around 26 bales. We'll buy 40 and make sure to have plenty. God love my little Scotty dog and her litter of 8 pups. We sold all but the one we're keeping for $150 each and are using the money to pay for part of the hay. The Milking Devons were sold to me as bred, but the months have come and gone, and the due dates have come and gone without any calves. Maybe next year these pretty red gals will have calves to sell and they can buy their own hay? I have an 11 year old cow, a 3 year old cow, and a 2 year old bull for sale (not related) or to eat. As they are so rare, I'll be saddened to eat any of our Milking Devons but I need the space for our herd to grow in different directions. If we do eat any Herself and I, our 5 kids, their spouses, and the Granddarlings could fairly easily take care of 2. The other 1 we'll have butchered and donate it to the local Salvation Army soup kitchen. I don't have a barn large enough to house all of our cattle and 40 of these big bales of hay so I suppose the hay will have to stay outside. Anybody have some good tips for storing round bales outside?