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Here's apicture of our hay barn.
<img src=http://www.hpphoto.com/servlet/LinkPhoto?GUID=5d09592a-774f-be53-14f8-359a13912155&size=lg>

It's 25x60 with a shed style roof. Closed on 3 sides, open on the front. It's 16 ft high at the front, and 12 at the back. It holds about 250 4x4 round bales. It is a pole structure, made with old hydro poles, strapped with 2x4s and boarded vertically, with a steel roof.
 

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parts man, You must have a "few" critters to be feedin' to keep that much hay around. How many head have have you got?
 

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Chief, we are wintering about 40 head with the replacement heifers and bulls and all. We'll soon be having calves.
The hay in the barn is just about half of what we baled for ourselves this year, the rset is outside, not ideal but you gotta make do.:rolleyes:
 

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I can't begin to tell you how many square bales of hay I have baled and stacked in my life time. Calving can make you keep some strange hours. It is a good life though.
 

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I can't begin to tell you how many square bales of hay I have baled and stacked in my life time. Calving can make you keep some strange hours. It is a good life though.
Yup, been tthere, done that!!!:argh: God bless the man who came up with the round baler!!!!!!:worthy: :worthy:
In another 2-3 weeks I may be getting a LOT more online time, waiting for new calves!!:lmao:

Do you still have cattle Chief?? How many, what breed(s)? Post some pics in animal farm, we'd like to see!
 

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parts man, my father had a shed very similar to that was about 80' x 150' that collapsed last year during a snow storm in Virginia. How do you deal with the snow load on the roof of that building? His farm truck and TW20 were crushed in the collapse. I figured you would need a much steeper pitch roof?
 

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Argee, as hay comes out tractors etc go in! It's always full of something!:lmao:

Chief, snow load is a concern, a couple of years ago it had around 4 feet on there and did OK, not ideal situation! The snow does seem to slide off the back pretty well for the most part, the reason there was so much snow in that case was that we ahd some freezing rain and it was a huge frozen mass, and hung out over the back 3-6 feet before breaking off! Luckily most of the weight was concentrated overthe poles, so on the strongest part of the building.
 

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Speaking of sqaure bales, I wonder how many kids today would take a job hauling hay? Not too many I would guess.

I remember the hot, humid days in the scorching sun, culminating in tin shed loft where you could hardly breathe because it was so ungodly hot and dusty. And the dust would cake to your sweaty skin, making you more miserable.

You would come out of the season tanned, alot stronger, and few more dollars in your pocket. That's the only good things I can remember. Definitely a young man's job!
 

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Yup, we only do about 500-1000 square bales a year now, not much compared to the 7000-10000, we used to, but LOTS enough to make us apreciate the round baler!!!
The square bales used to take all summer, we now make around 700 round bales (equal to about 14000 sq bales) in 2 weeks!
 

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I cant' remember if we were paid 5 cents or 10 cents a bale (mid to late 70's). All's I remember, is you had to hit it pretty hard to make any money!
 

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parts man, no cattle or livestock for me. I just retired from the Army but a few months ago and still getting a new life together. I grew up around the farm but left most of that behind for about 21 years while in the service. I may get back into the farming things in the future.
 

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Yea

I have lifted my share of bales in my life but i didn't get paid my dad loan me out to my uncle lucky most of the bales were sold and the people pick them up coming off the baler but still had alot to pick up.
Jody
 

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As An Old Red Neck

I have sure thrown around enough hay bales.When I was a kid always wanted to be the guy driving the tractor.To this day I handle about 1000 bales every year to feed the pets.
 

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parts man, no cattle or livestock for me. I just retired from the Army but a few months ago and still getting a new life together. I grew up around the farm but left most of that behind for about 21 years while in the service. I may get back into the farming things in the future.
Chief, :friends: let me say thank you for your years of service to your country! I'm a Canuck, but I'd say that for the most part our countries work together to provide security for NA, and the world.
God Bless!!:thumbsup:
 

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Nice looking shed! I have one similar. It now looks like yours. It was a horse shed and only open on one end. It is about 20 feet long and 10 feet wide. I drug it with my cub down to the end of the property where I live and with the wood I took off the side was able to close in the end, making it lok like yours. I also put a new clear corrugated roof on it. It now is my lawnmower shed.
 

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Silly rules,this building I built about 6 years ago or so. The town made me call it a garage /workshop.If I called it a barn I could not built it where it is.My horse barn has to be called a stable.Must be a tax thing.
 

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I did square bales when I was in high school, too. Got paid $1.25 an hour, and starting at age 13 my friend and I worked sunrise to dark, or until the hay in that particular field was done. We rode bicycles to work in the morning and sometimes were real tired to peddle back home. Looking back on it, I sure enjoyed the work. Left feeling like I had accomplished something.
 
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