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Alfalfa is widely grown throughout the world as forage for cattle. Alfalfa is one of the most important legumes used in agriculture. Its primary use is as feed for dairy cattle because of its high protein, and secondarily for beef cattle, horses, sheep, and goats.
There are several types of bales commonly used for Alfalfa. For small animals and individual horses, the Alfalfa is baled into small "square" bales — actually rectangular, and typically about 14 in x 18 in x 38 in. Small square bales weigh from 50 – 70 pounds and can be easily hand separated into "flakes." Cattle ranches use large round bales, typically 4 to 6 feet in diameter and weighing from 1000 to 2000 lb. Half-ton and one-ton bales, in diameter of 3 x 3 x 8 weigh 900 pounds, 3 x 4 x 8 weigh 1250 pounds and 4 x4 x 8 weigh 1800 pounds.