Old-fashioned know-how and experience got the job done
Check out reader Curt Strum's experience of dealing with loose hay during his childhood with his father.
Ken Bolton in the July 2020 issue of Farm Collector questioned how the outside-the-barn operator could effectively trip a load of hay. My father and I put up loose hay well into the 1960s. He maintained that cows preferred the loose hay. I never surveyed the cows about that. We used slings instead of a fork. Because there was just the two of us, I would drive the tow rope with the tractor, and my father would trip the load from the ground. My father could place these loads with a bombardier’s accuracy. So, in our case, the answer was simple: old-fashioned know-how and experience.
Then, came the worst part – moving the hay to the sides of the loft. I still shudder at the memory of the heat and dust.
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