This post is about hay bales and what we’ve learnt about them on the Camino.
I think it’s pretty interesting but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
There are different types
Walking in France, Belgium and Germany, we only saw round hay bales.
In Spain, all the ones we’ve seen look like big blocks.
What they’re for
The ones shaped like blocks are actually a load of smaller blocks tied together. Each smaller block is roughly enough to feed an animal. If you loosen the twine the whole thing opens out like an accordion and you can pull out the bit you need.
This type have been around for longer. We only started seeing them when we got to Spain.
This shape are more labour-intensive to use but good if you need to know exactly how much you’re feeding your animals.
The round bales are a single roll of hay. This is the kind we saw in France, Belgium and Germany.
Because the round ones are a standard shape you can buy feeders they fit into. You can drop a bale in, leave it in the field and your animals can feed themselves.
(Image from http://www.klenepipe.com.)
The round bales can also be wrapped in plastic so they stay dry. When you need one you just unwrap it and it should be ready to go.
The bales we’ve seen in Spain are stacked in big piles. Really big:
A couple we met while we were walking were both from farming families. We learnt most of these hay facts from them.
I’m sure there’s stacks more to say about hay but I’ve gotta bale.