On our farm, we bale small bales. The small bales are seen less and less on the big farms. Round balers make haying a one-man/woman job when the right equipment is available. Since we use older equipment, the small bales suit us just fine. They are easier to handle in spite of the need to have a 3-4 person crew to put up the crop.
The hay wagon is one of the heavy lifters amongst the equipment we use. Besides holding 80 or more bales on a load, some of our wagons are built to convert to grain wagons. Removable walls built for the wagon-bed carry oats and ear corn at harvest time.
The wagon measures approximately 8 feet wide by 14 feet long.
Our particular wagon is especially useful. It has been used for display at celebrations, like being a “float” in a parade.
On one special day in May, we removed the bed of our hay wagon, carpeted it and placed it on our green, grassy, farmyard lawn. It became the platform on which our daughter pledged her life to the love of her life, her husband. They vowed their faithfulness to each other before God and our guests as they stood firmly on the floor of the hay wagon. At their reception, we used a second hay wagon for a serving table. I even made a tablecloth for the occasion. It was very big!
I hope you enjoyed this little peak into how we use a hay wagon on Heritage Farm.
Take a peek at our Farm Buildings Card in our store. There the hay wagon and tractor sit at rest, waiting to go to work in the hay field.