At home, we backed the wagon into the barn, took a hay hook
, picked up the loose hay and put it in the hay mound.
A hydraulic ram pumped water from the spring, the pulsator on the milking machine needed constant care and the hay hook
attached by rope to pulleys to increase the mechanical advantage lifted the loose hay from a wagon into the haymow.
When feeding baled hay, a very useful tool is a hay hook
that can also serve as a twine cutter.
Another thing: When you do physical work, you can daydream as you work - though you don't want to get so distracted that you did what I did: get a hay hook
stuck in a bale that was heading up the elevator (along with me).
Ballard ("The Hay Hook
," Farm Collector, July 2016) was interesting, and its point about the advantages of a hay hook
was very much on target.
Loaded hay wagons can be driven inside the central bay in the hill-sided back entrance of the barn, then unloaded into the mows without the need for a hay elevator or hay hook
Happy No matter how horrible the long-abandoned hay hook
looks, or how hard it might be to set some old bucksaw's teeth, the restoration artist's challenges cause only minimal strife, and nothing makes the hobbyist happier than to bring it all back to life.
For example, a hay hook
that Ralph acquired has a cutting bar on the back for cutting bale straps.
During the first weeks after they moved in, he'd found old harnesses, hay hooks
, plow points, garlands of rusty trace chains, a cracked wooden wheel.
Clare shows up at jobs with cages, rubber and leather gloves, a face guard to protect against angry animals and skunk spray, hay hooks
to grab cages, a web cam attached to a pvc pipe to peek into dark nests or dens and a .
ACTION STATIONS: Defender Graham Allen challenges Huddersfield striker Nat Brown (right); PERFECT TIMING: Tranmere's Graham Allen slides in to tackle Huddersfield's Steve Jenkins at the McAlpine Stadium yesterday; COMMITMENT: Alex Hay hooks
the ball away from Kevin Sharp (above left) while Shane Nicholson tackles Lee Ashcroft (above right)
The square bales, along with the hay hooks
and all the neat barns built over the countryside to accommodate this aspect of cattle care, as we knew it then, have been.