Ball O’ Twine

By Katie Sullivan
Those who have spent time on farms with grazing animals are surely
familiar with ever-growing piles of small lengths of baling twine.  Baling
twine holds bales of hay together, as the name would suggest.  It is
generally made of natural fibers, though it is sometimes made of plastic.
If you’ve ever been to a barn (or garage) full of things that might come in
handy one day, baling twine will surely be abundant.

Baling twine presents a twofold problem- you spend a lot of time trying to
think of uses for it, and you spend a lot of time trying to keep it away
from the very goats who cause it to be on the farm in the first place.
Presented with a loop or strand of twine, goats will invariably a) eat it
and get sick or b)somehow hogtie/strangle themselves or others and get
hurt.  You would not believe how easy this would be for a goat, or maybe
you know some goats and would believe.  Because of the hazards, we are
more conscious of baling twine than anyone should have reason to be, and
we return to the state of trying to think of uses for it.

Fortunately, the raspberry patch solved the problem this year.  Many of
you know there is a recession on, and part of our cost cutting measures have
involved reusing items already on the farm.  In this spirit, weve tied
about half of our baling twine end to end so that we can corral the
raspberries.  We present you with the picture below, which we believe is
likely the largest ball of twine in Brookfield, VT.