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Plastic Hats Keep Big Bales Dry
Here's an idea that's catching on fast with Irish farmers, according to Mike Donovan, publisher of PRACTICAL FARM IDEAS, a "what's new" publication for farmers and ranchers in Britain.
High rainfall in Ireland makes outside storage of bales difficult but farmers have started stacking bales on end and covering the top end of the top bale with a plastic cap.
A piece of poly is tied over the top of the bale with a turn or two of twine. Rain then runs down the sides of the bales with little damage to the hay or straw inside. Some farmers who've tried the idea suggest putting a bit of barnyard "muck" on top of the plastic in order to keep it from ripping off in the wind.
(PRACTICAL FARM IDEAS, P.O. Box 1, Whitland, Dyfed SA340H2 United Kingdom)

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5