Bowling with Bales

Receiving an e-mail or call from satisfied customers always makes for a nice day. Doris and her husband farm in Kentucky and installed a new grazing system last summer. We discussed the fence several times and she had sent me photos of the project as it was being built. Though they had never built a fence using hi-tensile wire they ended up with one that would have made a contractor proud. Doris sent me the following e-mail today after she had a little difficulty getting a round bale to unroll. 

You may remember me from last year.  We installed almost 2 miles of fence using your Pasture Pro posts and were thrilled with the outcome.  I sent you pictures of our installation process, but probably hadn’t talked to you since.  Well, I have a story from this weekend.  My husband was out of town and my daughter and I were unrolling  hay down the hills for the cattle.   We were still trying to determine if we had the bale turned the right way to unroll, just as a contractor pulled up to look at a job for our new barn.  In a hurry, we decided all was well and turned the bale loose to unroll down the hill.  As luck would have it, it did not unroll very much before violently plowing into the fence at the bottom of the hill.  The contractor had a big laugh and offered to help me fix the fence before my husband returned.  I just laughed and said, “No problem, the fence is fine!   Pasture Pro posts bend and spring right back up!”  It could not have worked any better.  I thought you might enjoy seeing this picture that clearly shows I rolled the bale (all-be-it unintentionally) over the fence – no harm done.    In the end, I did actually have the bale turned the correct way, but it was compacted so tightly that it simply didn’t unroll before hitting the bottom.  Now, naturally I would have been more careful if I weren’t in a hurry with this contractor waiting on me, but I was definitely relieved that this mistake ended so nicely.

Even though you did have the bale turned the right direction after all I know the feeling.

Bale ends up on the wrong side of the fence

I’ve been rolling out bales for 25 years and still have difficulty figuring out which way to unroll the bale. I wonder why a company hasn’t come up with arrows printed on the bale net to show the right direction ..  Thank you Doris for sharing your story with us.


About Steve Freeman

Steve Freeman joined Forester Industries as a partner in 2005 after being one of the first customers to use the PasturePro post. He installed his first electric fence in the early 1980’s and implemented management intensive grazing in 1987. Presently, the operation is exclusively beef cattle, but in the past it has also included both goats and sheep. Steve is always happy to talk grazing practices, livestock raising and fence building.
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