Hay Bale Found

Hay Bale Revealed

Last fall while unloading hay from the truck I dropped that bale and it rolled into the field across the road. The soil was soft so I didn’t want to go driving down there with the tractor to get it. During the winter the bale completely disappeared until the field was once again flat. Now the top of the bale is revealed as the spring sun melts the snow. The bale is a bit over 4′ high. That gives you an idea of the remaining snow depth still to melt.

I took that picture this afternoon with my new Casio Exilim EX-V8 digital camera. Currently I don’t have a memory chip for it but it does have a bit of internal memory. Shooting in low resolution mode I can get some photos and play with the camera a bit. More to come…

Outdoors: 42°F/31°F 1″ Rain, Sunny all day
Farm House: 61°F/48°F
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/54°F

6 thoughts on “Hay Bale Found

  1. to a farmer this may sound like a dumb question but here goes: is the hay ruined now after spending the winter outside? or can it still be someone’s dinner?

  2. Walter,

    I’m looking for advice on fencing pigs. I brought 6 feeder pigs home on Saturday. The first two pigs that I pulled off the truck walked through my electrified netting like it wasn’t there. I spent the next half hour trying to steer the wayward pigs into an empty chicken run. They are now in the chicken run with electrified netting around the inside. I’m hoping they will learn to respect the netting and I can go ahead with my summer plans of moving pigs across my field. Admittedly, the two pigs that escaped were scared and the electric netting was still somewhat ice covered.

    Here are my questions:

    1. Will pigs continue to try to escape after they have acclimatized to their new home? When my chickens get out they don’t stray very far from the coop.
    2. Have you used electric fence or netting with pigs?
    3. How do you catch a runaway pig? (unfortunately I do not have a dog)

    Thanks for any advice…

    Joe Riederer
    Central Wisconsin

  3. Dave, The hay is still excellent for two reasons:

    1) It was wrapped which keeps the air out and stops most of the decay. As it ferments it actually gets to be better quality food.

    2) More importantly it has been frozen all this time. We live in a refrigerator. :) Global warming has not yet arrived in our part of the world. We’re hoping…

  4. Joe,

    1) You need to train the pigs to electricity before setting them to an electric fence. This is properly done in a small physically secured fenced area like say a pen or garden. Inside that physical fence put two hot wires of the type you’ll use in the field, one at low walking nose height and one at high nose height. These heights vary with the type of pig. If you have a variety of pig sizes use more wires. After a week or two they’ll be trained to electric and very respectful of hot wires. See these.

    2) We have used electrified poultry netting extensively with pigs of all sizes. It works very well. It should be 32″ high or taller for big pigs so they don’t jump it. Clip the electrical leads on the end posts that go to the bottom two horizontal wires in order to minimize shorting. Pigs push dirt up along the edge of the fence. See this and this.

    3) If you don’t have herding dogs then use food. If these are pigs who don’t know you then you may have a very difficult time. It is very important to unload new pigs into a physically secure pen when you first bring them to the farm for this reason. Then they can be trained to electricity and to your holler. They may well return to their buddies. Leave some food outside the pen, ideally in a place you can quietly come up and close the door. For the pigs you still have, train them to electric and train them to your call each time you feed them.

    Good luck catching the pigs.



  5. I’m amazed at the snow! We have azaleas blooming everywhere and green grass as far as the eye can see. From our little corner of Georgia, it is hard to imagine that parts of the country are still covered in snow!

    Blessings to you!

  6. Thanks for your help and your blog. All six pigs are home safe and sound. They seem to respect the fencing. I have not seen them touch it for a day or so. I just have to get to the point where I can trust it. Then I will move them out onto fresh pasture. I’m planting field peas and triticale for their June forage, rape and rutabaga for July and corn/rape/rutabaga for August. My plan only works if I can trust the fencing to keep them in and the coyotes out.

    Thanks again for a great blog!

    Joe Riederer
    Central Wisconsin

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