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Bed-Mounted Bale Stabber
“We stack our round bales in rows and use a parallel squeeze bale bed, mounted on a flatbed truck, to pick up the bales and feed them to our cattle. The bale bed comes with a pair of steel arms fitted with metal spinners that grab both ends of the bale,” says Matthew Hempel, Eldridge, Mo.
    “However, sometimes the bales are placed so close together that there isn’t room to grab the bale. To solve the problem, I attached a 39-in. long bale spear to one of the arms. I cut a hole in the spinner’s mounting bracket and inserted the spear through it, then welded on a block of steel to reinforce the spear. It works great to stab the bale, and eliminates the need for a tractor.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Matthew Hempel, Semper Fidelis Ranch, 1349 Hempel Rd., Eldridge, Mo. 65463 (ph 417 664-8392; hempelranch@gmail.com)

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3