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    02-02-2013, 07:45 PM
Round bales without a tractor

We feed round bales, but don't have a tractor that can move them. So we buy four at a time and get them as we need. We haul them on the truck, drive them out to the pasture and shove em off. How do y'all do it without a tractor? And pictures if you have em. I'm probly going to build a bale spear for my truck for next winter. But this works for us.
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    02-02-2013, 07:48 PM
I have a tractor, but one of the small places I used to ride at pushed theirs with the front of their truck.
    02-02-2013, 07:53 PM
I push mine by hand, by myself, haha.
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    02-02-2013, 07:54 PM
We've pushed em before. By hand sometimes. Oh what fun. Like I mentioned, I'd like to build a spear for the truck. I can move em and haul em with my rollback but it gets stuck a lot easier and costs more to use.
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    02-02-2013, 08:03 PM
We buy roundbales, store them in the barn and then peel off what we need for feedings. When I do feed roundbales mom and I roll them out by hand. *Huff*Puff*Huff*Puff* :-D
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    02-02-2013, 08:17 PM
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We push them by hand as well xD its insane since we have a 40 acre land and some of our pastures are at the very back of that...and the round bales are stored up front. Imagine how horrible it is when its muddy and rainy out to push them all. LOL. I always look like I've changed ethnicities once I'm done.
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    02-02-2013, 09:25 PM
I knew some people growing up that would wrap a log chain around the bale & drag it with their truck. It worked pretty well
    02-02-2013, 09:34 PM
I do the same thing, buy 2 at a time and push them off the back of my truck. I'm tempted to snag my stepdads bale stabber thingy when he sells their cows off. It's a 2 wheel, bumper hitch, single bale hauler that uses a pull-a-long to rotate the bale stabber and bring the bale up and off the ground. It's super easy to get it into tight spots and will haul down the road 55mph+. Really wish I had a picture. He built it about 20 years ago and I would love it just so we can move bales around here easier.
    02-02-2013, 09:41 PM
When our tractor has been out of commission, we would push with the truck or wrap a chain or heavy duty ratchet strap around the bale and drag it. Pushing was the easiest when the bale was on it's side.
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    02-02-2013, 10:43 PM
I've hand fed mine and also dragged them with a rope and the truck.....

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