Thursday 15 June 2017

Take Three Thursday: Baler Twine

Today I have another farm related theme with which to join Mary-Lou in her Thursday meme where we post three related pictures that have come to our notice this week. Mine all revolve around this item.

Baler twine. Everyone who has had anything to do with a farmer will know the many uses of this multipurpose string as well as it's proper use to tie up bales.  It is used for everything possible on a farm from gates and fences to farmer's trousers (not farmer husband I am glad to say). My sister will tell you that she suspected I had met a farmer before I told her when she spotted my car bumper held up with this colourful twine.  Farmer husband would have every plant possible in the garden tied up with it if I didn't get there first with the green string. It makes a serviceable dog lead, grass reins on your pony and a good tow rope for your child's trike!
However today it was being used for its proper use around freshly made bales of haylage. Late afternoon I was asked to make a mad dash to the agricultural suppliers to fetch some more packs as supplies were running low. Then there was a quick trip to the field to deliver it.
This gave me a chance for my 3 photos.
1. A half finished field of grass. The dried grass roared up in rows ready for baling and the newly made big bales awaiting collection.

2. A few running maintenance matters. Connecting up the next bale of twine.

3. The baler back in action with the next big bale emerging like a giant egg.

So that's another field done and the task today will be to get them all wrapped and stacked while the weather holds.


  1. Thanks Maggie for joining in. I know only too well the advantages of binder twine in a pinch. Braided twine makes a great belt! I have noticed locally that depending on the method of hay baled, the binder twine is a different colour. Thankfully for use in the garden the squares we use for the horses are still in a pale green colour. Would that be something similar in your area of farming? Round bales in blue & small squares in green? Or maybe just a fluke?!

  2. The round bales are normally blue and it is known as fine twine. The smal bale can be pink, orange , yellow. If only it was green!

  3. You missed out that it is also useful (if your name is Bridget Jones) for bundling veggies and making a blue soup!