Spiked Hay Bales


Strapped Round Hay Bales in South Arc

There are a lot of little tricks to feeding hay like the strapped bales shown above in the open south field greenhouse.

Hay bale orientation makes a difference in the speed with which the animals break down the bales.

Feeding up on a deep bedding pack makes it so that excess isn’t gets put into the composting bedding pack where it generates heat and becomes more digestible.

Spiking the bale with a T-post keeps it from rolling.

Placing a bale against a fence to start with keeps the pigs from moving it against a fence you don’t want it against. Pigs just push.

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What’s being demonstrated in these photos is strapping the bale. This can be done as a single bale that is spiked on a T-post or multiple bales strapped together. The strap is cinched tight to keep the hay fibers bound more tightly. Check it daily and cinch it as needed. This slows down the rate of breaking the bale and keeps it from rolling around. If it is a single bale the T-post helps a lot.

Outdoors: 61°F/39°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 67°F/63°F

Daily Spark:
A near infinite number of mathimeticians walked into a bar.
The first asked for a beer and each one after asked for half as much beer as the previous one.
The last of the infinite number of mathimeticians was a physicist – he said to split the atom.
The next mathimetician was a quantum mechanic who asked the bartender to maybe serve him a beer.
The mathimetician after him was a statistician who said to probably give him a beer.
After the statistician a psychiartrist walked in and asked the bartender to think about giving him a beer.
Then came a philosopher who suggested the bartender not think about serving him a beer.
Lastly a Zen Master appeared who asked the bartender not to think.
By then it was 2 AM and the bartender called the bouncer to close the house down.
Puzzle me this: How many beers has the bartender served to these many customers?Bonus question: Obviously there were not really an infinite number of mathematicians but can you figure out roughly how many mathematicians if the bartender was serving pints?

Answer

Bonus Answer

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7 Responses to Spiked Hay Bales

  1. David B. says:

    Not nearly as close to an infinite number as you’d think

    From what I’m reading a pint of beer would be around
    1.08 x 10^26 atoms
    1.08 x 10^26 log2 is 86.whatever

    so there were 87 mathematicians considering you said the last one was the physicist, so I don’t need to count the other people that come in after him.

  2. Cynthia L. Durham says:

    How far are you from Northfield, VT? You can always go get my smartaleck (sp) son and get him to do the math for you. Tell him his mother sent you! That’ll go over like a ton of bricks. Try and do it in front of his friends. What can I bribe you with to ensure success? About all I can afford is maybe a six pack or a Tennessee finished hog. Maybe I can send you some hickory to try smoking with . Our farm is named ShagDragon Ranch because of all of the shagbark hickories, dragon flies and my husband refuses to be a farmer. Take care and try not to work too hard.

  3. PV says:

    I luv yor spark even tho I cant figure out the math! Its just funny! But I think the answer to the second part is just no for me! Tricky wording!

  4. whit says:

    A beer is not a beer unless it is a full beer. My answer is one.

  5. Gary S says:

    The bartender served a little less than 5 beers. One beer to the first fellow, and less than one to the subsequent near infinite mathematicians, as each received an ever diminishing fraction of one beer, all fractions added together never amounting to one more beer (1/2+1/4+1/8+1/16+1/32+1/64+1/128+1/256…so far equals=.9961 beers).

    “The next mathemetician was a quantum mechanic who asked the bartender to maybe serve him a beer.
    The mathimetician after him was a statistician who said to probably give him a beer.
    After the statistician a psychiartrist walked in and asked the bartender to think about giving him a beer”

    Bartenders being all about serving drinks and getting tips, each of these three got beers for their suggesting the possibility that they be served.

    The philosopher got what he asked for, which was not being served a beer, despite the fact that the bartender also has a philosophical bent, and the Zen master’s Jedi mind tricks bounced off the bartender who continued to think copious thoughts while serving the near infinite number of fractional beers without thinking about the mechanics of his beer slinging actions.

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