The point of this photo was to show that our feed truck can carry three big round bales of hay. We weighed some of our bales this summer and the average was about 1600 pounds per bale. The bale on the ground needs to have the bale arms recentered so it will easily roll out when the bale wrap is cut off. We are pretty high tech, our hydraulic bale bed has a remote control which is so nice!
Sometimes the last bale ends up sliding into a position where the bale arms can not reach it. There are a couple of ways to make it accessible. Find a hill and drive up it so the bale rolls to the back of the truckbed and catch it with the arms (hopefully), or make a sudden turn or stop going kind of fast so it slides into place.
The easiest way to reposition a bale is with a log chain looped around the bale and then the ends of the bale arms.Lower the arms towards the ground and the bale slides into place or sets down on the ground so it can be picked up and postitioned correctly.
The bale below had to be picked up again laid on its side before I could cut the wrap and unroll it. It is easiest to just lay the log chain up by the truck cab so that when the first bale is loaded the chain is in place to use for this tactic. Some days you never have a problem with bales moving around but when you do this sure works slick!
Even though there are days things don't go right when I am out feeding our cattle, the things I see make up for it. How many people get to see such beauty everyday? We do!