Posted by: 347bennetrd | June 13, 2010

Farmer Jo

Don’t you think that pitchforks make you think of a bygone farming era?  The stereotype of a farmer (Joe) with a hay stalk out the corner of his mouth, a pitchfork over the shoulder and a battered hat on his head?  I’m only missing the cereal…

Let me tell you though, the pitchfork is alive and well!  Here I’m using it to fork the silage down from the sides into the center of the pit.   So we’ve moved from feeding out baleage to the winter staple, silage.  Grass cut and finely chopped in summer has been packed into a pit, rollered and topped with a plastic cover weighed down by old tires.  Six months later, the gently fermenting grass has morphed into steaming silage.

Boy oh boy the pitchfork is the ultimate full body workout.  The silage is packed tight and heavy, and you have to tidy up the sides of the pit.  Here is a photo of the silage pit.  We have rolled back the plastic, you can see it at the top just tucked under the row of tires.  On the right side you can see the silage stuck to the wall of the pit.  The forks on the tractor can’t scrape that clean, so its the good old fashioned manual way.

After about 5 minutes I was exhausted and had a bit of a break and whinge to myself before continuing.



  1. Go the John Deere hat!

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