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Portable Hay Sheds
Instead of hauling hay to the barn, Australian farmer Geoff Dale takes his portable hay sheds to the hay.
He built three sheds and parks them in the center of 12-acre fields, which allows him to get bales under cover the same day they're made, to minimize the risk of rain damage.
Each shed, when unfolded, is 36 ft. long, 21 ft. wide, 14 ft. high, and holds 1,200 conventional rectangular hay bales. One man working alone can erect a shed in about two hours.
Dale uses two tractor loaders, each equipped with an 8-bale buncher, to bring bales to the shed, and to stack them 10 rows high.
"Two men using two loaders - one to bunch and one to stack - can load and stack 1,200 bales under cover in about three hours. We generally cut about 12 acres at a time, which is enough to produce 1,200 bales, the capacity of each shed. Thanks to the portable sheds, we're able to get hay under cover the day it's baled, which is important in our area. And, we do it without any hand labor," explains Dale.
For road transport, the folded sheds are 9 ft. wide. "They're classified as a farm implement and don't require a road permit," Dale notes. "And, they can be erected on sloping ground."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Geoff Dale, McGlones Road, Drouin 3818, Victoria, Australia.

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3