The Bale Buggy from Irish company Doyle Engineering gives a neat way of gathering two round bales of straw or silage so that they can be picked up easily by a two-pronged bale spike. It will fit any make of baler, says the firm’s Denis Doyle, and plumbs into the baler door hydraulic circuit. So it is fully automated and no input is needed from the driver. It can also handle 4×4 and 5×4 bales.
Once the first bale is made, it simply rolls to the back of the short sledge. Then, when the second bale is made, it trips a device that lowers a rear restraining bar and allows both bales to then roll out next to each other.
It’s available for the 2012 season and the list price is £4,500. UK importer is Wright Agricultural Machinery at Marston Bank, Rocester, Staffordshire. You can see it working at www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG4dnyyubcI