Bale Feeder Video

Video!  Yay!

Years ago, the guys started working on building a bale feeder.  They bought a flatbed trailer and started designing.

Now, you know how we feed the  cows EVERY DAY in the winter.  It takes two guys… One to drive the tractor and one to pitch the hay off the trailer with a pitchfork.  It’s a good aerobic activity!  When I did it… the driver just had to keep going around and around and around because my pitchfork muscles were fairly weak!  Yes, we had a bale feeder that Johnny used, but it ground the hay.  There was  a lot of loss in the snow and mud plus you had to keep running back to the haystack for more bales.

The guys were going to build a better feeder!

(But what about round bales, some of you may be asking?  They’re easy to feed with just a pickup!  True, but Vernon’s never been a fan.  He likes the big square bales with the tighter compression to keep moisture out.  Plus you can stack square bales, so there’s no loss with dirt/mud except for the bottom bales)

Anyway… I finally videoed the result of hours of welding and planning and disassembling and reassembling and research (how big of a hydraulic motor do we need???) and, well, lots of thinking!  Things continue to be tweaked.  Even today, Vernon was down there “tying” the two flakers together with a chain so that when one turns, so does the other.

This winter has been nice, and frozen bales aren’t a problem.  Usually, if they’re iced up too bad, we have to take an axe to them to break the flakes apart. (Please know that I’m saying “we” without meaning “I”.  I use an axe only on wood!)  But having power to the flakers will help with iced up bales.

It’s great that we can haul 6 bales at once, which saves trips back to the stackyard, which saves rutting the roads, plus time.

Vernon already has in mind some modifications for the “next” one…

If you’ve read this and are VERY CONFUSED, go watch the video, and then come back and reread!  Still confused?  Ask questions… I love questions!

Bale Feeder from Carol Greet on Vimeo.

All rights to this idea and video belong to Greet Ranch, Inc.

Miss Eden

Fighting my computer tonight… hopefully video tomorrow!

Eden cowsLittle Miss Eden kept the cows under control while I was filming my upcoming video.

 

Entertainer

It was a lovely day, warm, sunny… but I was quickly reminded after I walked outside in my cowboy boots, that warm sunny days just make snow into mush and/or ice… either way, SLICK.  It’s much like March…

Vernon had to go to town…

Awwwwww, look!

He can be a sweetie!

bouquet

I regret not throwing my camera in my pocket when I went outside for a turn… I witnessed Spot, my rooster, trying to walk on top of the snow.  Yesterday it was still firm enough to walk on, but he found out that today the snow was soft and even with his just his weight, not strong enough to hold him up.  There’s nothing like a frustrated rooster as he staggers through snow, alternately falling through and then walking on top for a few frozen paces.  He was quite affronted at the process.  Finally he flew the last 10 feet to “solid” ground, all in a fluff and kerfluffle, with a loud squawk.  Once feathers were in place, he raised his head and gave a rousing cock a doodle just to reestablish his dignity.  Oh, Spot, you are entertaining!

I finished my challenge painting from yesterday…

Indian paintbrush

Rhythm

I worked the book discussion this evening.  Mr. Jack Kerouac, you are not that popular in Ten Sleep!

Art Challenge for today is halfway completed… I wanted it to dry and then, simply forgot about it!

I painted the front door on the library, Happy Valentine’s Day from The Friends of the Ten Sleep Library!

library

I followed Brandon around this morning as he was driving the new bale feeder.  That’s lots of movie editing to do… which I *don’t* do at 11 pm!

I investigated wire jewelry today and fell in love with this artist.  Visit nicolehannajewelry.com and be amazed!

Somehow, there just wasn’t a rhythm to my day!