2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1, Page #29[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bale Buddy Keeps Loose Hay Together
With just a couple horses to feed, there were always partial hay bales left that fell apart after cutting the bale strings. Graczyk didnít like the mess or the extra work of picking up loose hay. Working with PVC and vinyl fence posts, he rigged up his first Bale Buddy about 8 years ago. The first one was long and cumbersome. He modified it with a telescoping system using two sizes of pvc.
The 6-lb. system is spring-loaded and lifts up on one end to remove as many flakes as needed, then drops back down to retract and keep the remaining hay in place. It manages bales from 12 to 40 in. long.
With the encouragement of farriers, vets and horse owners, Graczyk decided to test the market and put Bale Buddy on Etsy, where it sells for $45 (plus shipping).
He also takes direct and custom orders for different sizes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Marcus Graczyk, Double Oak, Texas 75077 (firstname.lastname@example.org; www.instagram.com/bale_buddy).
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