> When I was a kid in the late 1950s, the hay bales we got in Minnesota were
>tied with twine.
> We had a loft, too.
> That part of Saint Paul (yes, we had an old houwe and two barns on seven
>acres in the city limits) is now suburban-type houses build in the sixties.
Oh, as Phil says, they've been around for some time. The dairy farmer
for whom I worked in the early `60s used twine, as did the dude ranch I
worked on in the `70s. For small rectangular bales (less than 110#), it
works fine, and is easier on the hands when handling, the balers
themselves aren't as much of a maintenance headache, and if the
livestock ingest pieces of twine, it just goes right through them,
unlike bits of wire. Wire may still be used universally for the big
600# round bales, though.
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