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post #11 of 20 Old 10-31-2016, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by WhattaTroublemaker View Post
Yep, we do!
We cut, tether, rake and bale others hay to be paid in hay to feed the horses. We're pretty broke, so can't afford our own equipment. Most of the tractors we do get blow up or quit within the year so we quit buying.
We make do though!
Color me impressed too.

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post #12 of 20 Old 10-31-2016, 11:15 PM
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Back when I had to board my horses my first year here in Nc, I'd buy one roll, have the hay guy load it in the bed of my truck with the tractor fork. When I got to the barn, we'd remove the tailgate ( important if you don't want it damaged) and push it out of the truck. I actually unloaded one by myself once.....never wanted to even attempt that again.
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post #13 of 20 Old 10-31-2016, 11:21 PM
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Well, we have a quarter section, but don't farm it ourselves. My husband is a contractor. Thus, we always had our round bales put up in partnership, with our partner doing the haying,
Often though, since he farmed a lot of land all over the place, our round bales would still be sitting in the field, when I needed them to feed
We thus used our 4 x 4 truck, and a tow rope, placed around the bottom 1/3 of that bale. If the bale was lying on it' side, we would first use a jack, to get it standing up.Helps to tow it, with snow on the ground ! In summer, I use small square bales
Now, we no longer grow our own hay, and I have way less horses, but still use round bales in the winter. They are delivered, and we just stand them up as needed, and then I fork off of them, re moving nay outer spoiled hay
But yes, people that move hay all the time, have a fork on a tractor ,and also have a 4x 4 truck , equipped with a bale handler, thus able to carry two round bales at a time, including down the highway, if needed
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post #14 of 20 Old 11-01-2016, 12:21 AM
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We have a tractor and a spear that will fit on the front loader arms and one that will fit on the 3 point hitch in the back.

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post #15 of 20 Old 11-03-2016, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by horselovinguy View Post
You and your father hand roll 800 - 1000 pound round rolls from the ground up a plank onto a truck bed....holy cow!
Remind me to not get you ****ed off...............
Haha! We(of necessity) do it by hand too. I guess it depends how high the truck bed & steep the ramps/planks as to how hard. My husband helps me roll them up planks onto our stock trailer, which is about 1.5" high. My 12yo daughter & I can move them on the flat or slight slopes. I can't generally manage to turn them or push up any kind of slope without help tho.

One of the funniest things I've seen was my boss at a trail co, rolling one out on a bit of a hill & somehow he went over the top... & then under it, got rolled out with the hay!
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post #16 of 20 Old 11-03-2016, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by SlideStop View Post
Sold, I'm getting a Hay Baby for an ATV... when the time comes of course!
I would NOT want to move round bales(except shoving them round at ground level) with an ATV. Not heavy enough(by a fair bit) & so extremely dangerous. The amount of serious accidents/deaths involving ATV's, esp in farming tasks, is quite high over here.
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post #17 of 20 Old 11-03-2016, 08:20 PM
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Last winter I decided to try a round bale. I don't have a tractor....and there was a foot of snow on the ground when I went to get it and had to take it in my field. Because of all the snow I didn't want to go to deep and get stuck. Well farmer didn't realize I was going to be unloading this bale by hand and put it on my truck wrong so I couldn't roll it off...I went and grabbed my UTV (have a Viking, its my tractor) and hooked a tow strap to it and then around the bale and pulled it off my truck. Wasn't the prettiest way to do it but I got it done without needing to call my husband for help lol!

Before I moved, place I boarded at we fed round bales, also no tractor. We'd pick up bales and roll them off truck into feeders in field. A few times we had to unload them then put them back on truck a few weeks later...thats when things got interesting. We would use boards and roll them up the boards back onto the truck.
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post #18 of 20 Old 11-03-2016, 08:23 PM
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I swear if my husband saw half the things I did by myself rather then calling him for help....he just wouldn't even know what to say to me.
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post #19 of 20 Old 11-03-2016, 08:57 PM
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With heavy equipment!

We don't have any, so we, DH & I carefully roll them to the barn, then flip them onto their flat side on top of a pallet.
They are horribly heavy! I have some 4x4.5 rounds from last year, they are dry and easier to roll than they were last year!
We have new 5x5s now, they are very, very hard to roll. It will be a massive pain moving those as needed into the barn....Especially if there is snow or the ground is wet....I'm hoping to move 2-3 at a time into the barn when we start needing to use the big ones!

People that say they can move one with their own power must be superman, have a downward hill to help or they are tiny and lightweight bales! I'll never believe most can move one on their own! =0
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post #20 of 20 Old 11-03-2016, 09:04 PM
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At my friends place the hay guy delivers them into her loft.

Then we roll them out onto the back of the truck (loft is low enough that the truck is even with the entrance) and then roll them into the field off the truck. Through mud and ick sometimes. I wish she had a needle for her tractor it would make moving them easier.

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