Posted by: 347bennetrd | June 2, 2010

Feeding Baleage – Part Three

And finally the last installment of feeding out baleage…  This morning I set out on the daily routine of feeding baleage.  I took along Blue cos I had to shift the light ewes from Top Floras into Hay Floras, not so easy with a tractor.  He was a little perturbed by being in the tractor cab; he kept looking up at me questioningly and trying to fit between the clutch pedal and door.

Oh and while I’m on the subject, as we were returning, he was running in the long grass next to the tractor and the rising sun was shining onto the frosty stalks.  It.  Was. Gorgeous.  Each tip was a coloured speck of light, sparkling.  It looked like those wavy lights with a tiny point of colour at the end.  The lithe form of Blue loping through a forest of gems.  *Sigh*  There are some mighty beautiful things to see.

So anyhoo, back to the tractor.  Here I am reversing up to the opening of the ‘tube’ of bales, aiming up the prongs, sliding them in under the bale and lifting it up, flopping onto the bed of the buggy.  I had already got out and cut the outer layer of plastic off (this runs along the whole tube) and also the individual netting – you can see it at the very end.

Once the first bale is on, you repeat the exercise to get another one sitting on the prongs.  Then do a big loop to come in frontways and pick up a final bale with the tractor forks.  Et voila!

Once you’ve got the hang of this, it’ll be time to learn the ropes with the silage wagon!



  1. I’m impressed Jo. Well done!

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