Hey Hay!

Our lovely round bales that the animals just could wait to dive into as evidenced by the end bale.
Our lovely round bales that the animals just could wait to dive into as evidenced by the end bale.

Hi all,

Sorry that it has been a while since I promised this hay blog. Life on the farm has been very busy. We’ve been hatching turkey poults and working in the gardens, and more.

Anyway, back to the topic of hay. This has been an unusual year for us as far as getting hay goes. We normally buy square bales for our animals because we don’t believe in going into debt and a tractor large enough to hand round bales is out of our price range. However, this year, we had a problem.We didn’t have the money to buy all square bales.

The square bales that we normally get.
The square bales that we normally get.

We were offered a great deal some round bales. So, we took it. Now the little challenge of no tractor for unloading them. If you live on a farm, you have to have some ingenuity. We took a chain, some ratchet straps, and pallets.

Once the round bales were at our farm, we attached the chain to a large tree with a thick trunk. The we set down a pallet and backed the truck up to it. We wrapped the ratchet straps around the first of the bales and attached the straps to the chain.

Then we pushed a pallet underneath the trunk by a little bit. After that, we had a friend slowly drive the truck forward. The bale fell off the truck right onto the pallet. Unfortunately, we did have a few fall onto their sides. We were able to use the straps and the chain to haul them back into upright position.

So, yes, we had an unusual haying this year. Thankfully, we have it all in now.

All in the barn and safe until winter.
All in the barn and safe until winter.
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