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Round Bales

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We have a new look to our property lately. After weeks of our mowed hay fields getting wet, the neighbors who rented our fields arranged to have a beef farmer make some round bales out of it. That’s a first for us. It gives the place a different appearance.

Square bales like the ones we used must be picked up right away and moved under cover to keep them dry, but the round bales can be left out in the field. Beef cows are much less picky about what they eat compared to horses, so these bales of old grass that laid in the field for an extended time will still find use as feed.

I snapped that photo from the seat of our lawn tractor while mowing. I installed new blades after work yesterday and tackled two-thirds of the grass before the day started to fade. It’s amazing how hyper-sensitive I can suddenly (temporarily) be about mowing over any potential hazards like sticks, stones, and pine cones in the yard with new blades.

I know from experience that such intense concern does not last. After several accidental incidents of mowing over something I regret, I start to lose my inhibitions and trend increasingly toward reckless abandon. I’m pretty hard on mower blades.

I used to be pretty concerned about hay bales, too.

Not so much anymore.

I kind of like the way the round bales look in our fields. Gives an appearance of at least some level of functional progress. I’m not sure it entirely offsets the derelict impression the paddocks evoke, with the tall grass going to seed like never before, but the bales are a welcome sign of activity in our fields.



Written by johnwhays

July 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

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  1. I’ve been more cautious of late with our mower after I nearly ripped the deck apart on a rock. I had to have the deck welded back together which was much cheaper than replacing the deck. I wonder how long I can be good before the thought goes through my head, I can can make it over that?

    Jim Parker (@drjparker)

    July 31, 2019 at 7:50 am

    • You and I are strikingly similar in this regard, Jim. In fact, I had my previous mower deck welded to fix rather than replace. The one I have now has a much sturdier deck, such that the blades are the feature that succumbs to my abuse.


      July 31, 2019 at 7:55 am

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