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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

We have been the proud owners of a 2001 Toyota Tacoma, 4-cylinder, 2-wheel drive, truck for 9 years now. It is a tough little vehicle. It has a towing capacity of 5000 pounds and can pull our 2 horse trailer filled with 2 horses. Our little truck can also carry a round bale.

The Farm Friendly Vehicle

The key is dryness. The truck cannot pull the trailer across mud. If it is really muddy it can’t even pull itself. The same applies to a round bale. If the bale is moist, you’ll need a tractor with a forklift contraption to move it around. But, if it is dry, and especially if it is placed in the bed of your truck so that it looks like a big wheel from the side, it can be rolled out.

Having two people helps a lot. My niece, Vicky-Marie, was here overnight after getting stuck at Charlotte International Airport due to fog. She was rewarded by helping me move the latest round bale.

I climbed up in the back of the truck. Then I turned so that my back is to the cab of the truck. I have zero upper body strength, especially with my neck damage, but my legs are strong and they can get a bale moving.

My niece used her arms. Youth has a way of giving you a surprising amount of upper body strength, even if you are a girl. And it doesn’t hurt that she is in vet school and has to deal with farm-style physical tasks.

Our property is slanted front to back and left to right. This gets difficult to deal with at times, but is a blessing in disguise for hay. We take advantage of the slope in that the front of the truck is higher than the back when we unload it.

If all else fails, you can get strong rope (we use leftovers from the electric horse area) and loop it around the round bale and then around a tree. Drive your vehicle away from the tree. The bale will magically end up on the ground.

If our bills weren’t eating us alive, we’d get a tractor. The older ones in working condition can be found pretty easily. They look like classic old cars, but are a very reasonable price. Eventually we’ll squeeze the money out, but for now, basic physics does the job.

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