Marshmallows on a Stick

Will and Staked Hay

Will and I staked some bales of hay in the Underhill winter paddock to keep them from rolling downhill. 800 lbs of hay rolling down the mountain is not a pretty sight. This is a bit of an experiment. The pigs tend to tip the bales as they use them and I didn’t want the hay to go into the fencing. It is ideal if the winter paddocks are sloped which helps to minimize the mud come spring. Underhill does not look very sloped in this photo but it is.

The posts are 5′ long steel. The first one Will drove down through the bale as normal. The second one Will drove into the ground and then I lowered the bale on using the tractor. Both methods worked well. When these bales get used up we can set additional bales on them. Interestingly, the hay is being used more slowly on the staked bales than comparable non-staked bales.

Happy 11/11/11! And Veteran’s Day too!

Outdoors: 46°F/26°F Sunny, Cloudy, Light Snow
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/67°F

Daily Spark: What doesn’t kill you hurts. -R.M. Morgan

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8 Responses to Marshmallows on a Stick

  1. Susan Lea says:

    Can pigs eat hay that a horse could not? In our area, some farmers feed hay that is actually rotting to cattle because they say it won’t hurt them; it would definitely colic horses! But another guy I know is really picky about what his cattle eat, on the GIGO principle, I think. Since we still had grass (and lots of acorns) up to the day our pigs were butchered, we didn’t have to worry about what kind of hay they could eat. Another time we might not be so lucky. So, how careful are you with their hay?

    • First realize I have never kept horses so I am not an authority on them. However, I would hazard and answer of, yes, pigs can eat hay that horses can not. Some forms of rot help with digestion. e.g., yogurt, cheese, saurerkraut, etc. Pigs love rooting through the composting bedding and many people have the pigs help clean out a barn this way after poultry and cattle. One animal’s garbage is another animal’s treasure.

      The hay we get is pretty nice stuff. Most of it is in wrapped round bales. It smells slightly fermented and sweet. I would bed down in it any time, and have on occasion while watching piglets. I’m not sure if my system could digest it though. Pigs chew their food more than I do, they have bigger jaws and teeth.

  2. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Horses cannot throw up.They have one fairly small stomach and a long esophagus.
    Bad hay will kill them, painfully. It can’t be composting hot, rotted, mildewy . . . cattle have a more complex and robust digestive system, and not only can throw up, but regurge for reprocessing, as in chewing cud. However, some forms of contamination are fatal, as in oleander leaves. The milk cow that fed my childhood died from a fatal bloat from a windborne leaf of that awful plant.

  3. Melanie Pickett says:

    My but Will has grown up to be such a hansom young man!

  4. Nance says:

    don’t know if I should tell this story about pigs, or my Great Grandfather Wilson actually. Great Grandfather was called progressive and “modern” back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He survived 2 wives and raised 14 children, 7 from each wife. He moved to Iowa from North Carolina and prospered. His family outhouses were elevated and open at the back. The hogs were allowed and able to clean up the offal (I know I am using that word incorrectly but it sounds right!) and then later the hogs were fattened and butchered and eaten — or sold off to be eaten. My father, born 1914, told the story and wasn’t grossed out. Times have changed . . .

    • Ugh. I know they used to do it that way in many parts of the world. Probably one of the things that is better not done since it creates a link for disease to go back and forth. Similarly we don’t feed pork to pigs for this same reason, to break a possible disease path.

  5. Jeff Marchand says:

    I am glad you posted this Walter as I feed my pigs lower quality hay that I can get for free, if the Jeffries can do it so can this Jeffrey. Anyways I find that as bad as the hay looks on the outside even if its been outside for years its quite good on the inside.

    I see the wrapping is still on the bales. Do you take them off? I do ’cause im worried that the pigs will get a blockage.

    Not only is Wil growing up fast he is awefully better dressed about the farm than I am on mine.

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