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When most people think of a farming environment, they don't think of it as an unsafe place. As farmers, the Wallace Family didn't want to think of their farm—or of anyone else's, for that matter—as an unsafe place either. But with four generations of farming experience under their roof, the Wallaces know that poorly made or non-functional pieces of farming equipment can easily turn field and pasture into a battlefield where farm workers risk their lives each day.
When it comes to managing and packaging hay bales for your farm, few things are more irritating than a broken string at the wrong moment. If the strings come undone, especially on a square bale, your hay bales can easily loose shape or form as they lay in storage waiting for you to put them to use.
Picture this scenario: you're a farmer with a huge stable of horses and other animals, burning through bales upon bales of hay each month. You have round hay bales, nine feet wide, stacked as high as a one-story house, and your least favourite day of the week is when you have to use your obsolete hay bale grab mechanism to move one or two of them from their resting spot over to your mixer or grinder so that you can turn the hay into feed.
Too often these days, manufacturers build their products and equipment with planned obsolescence in place. While technology has inspired innovative solutions to thousands of challenges, spanning all industries, it also advances at such a rapid clip that most engineers plan for their developments to be superseded by a new innovation within two or three years. I
If you're tired of losing precious work hours from trying to load your silage bales into a feed mixer using a bale fork, you certainly aren't alone. Here in the Wallace family, we have been farming for four generations, and that means we have heard our fair share of complaints—maybe not four generation's worth, but certainly close—about the inconvenient, frustrating and downright dangerous nature of loading silage bales into feed mixers.
A good piece of farming equipment should be like an old friend: easy-to-use, comfortable, unique and long lasting in every way. It should instil in you a feeling of safety and should never put you in the face of danger. And it should do all of this without costing you an arm and a leg to purchase or maintain.