As a favor, I helped a neighbor get up hay a few times when I was in college. One of the worst jobs I ever did for free. I was whining about it to my father & uncle and they started laughing when I mentioned bales.
"Boy, we didn't have a baler. We were the 'balers'. We got hay up w/ a pitch fork".
Re: nice hay! in reply to Bruce (VA), 06-16-2014 12:37:42
I grew up on a dairy farm Bruce - we started with loose hay, a dump rake and pitchforks - put it in the mow with a horse fork pulled by the horses - when the horses wore out, we got a 2N, side rake and a hayloader - still loose hay, but did have a motor driven hay hoist to pull the horse fork load up and back with the trip rope - last method before I left, was an AC round baler with an 8n and then an 861 (not the thousand pounders that you see today) - put in the mow with a motor driven loader and stacked with hay hooks. We did not have AC electricity until the REA came through in 1948. Ran the milkers before that with a DC Delco driven by a 5 horse FM one lunger. Not sure they were the "good old days."
Re: nice hay! in reply to BillM (OH), 06-17-2014 21:58:31
My grandfather was a tenant farmer in Guinea, Caroline Co VA (where Stonewall Jackson died, 1863) My father (b. 1925) & his 2 brothers did whatever work was needed around the place & school work suffered as a result. Despite being only 15 miles south of Fredericksburg, VA, they didn't get electricity until 1939. My grandfather never owned a tractor, just mules. Needless to say, after WWII, my father & his brothers had nothing to do w/ farming!
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