The Hay Loader took much of the work out of dairy farming.

You may have seen historic photos of a farmer’s dairy cow tied with a rope to a post or grazing in a tree in the summer. At the time, wheat was the primary crop produced on Wisconsin farms until the early 1900s, when dairy farming took over and year-round feed was needed.

In the early days of hay farming it was truly an effort between man and horse. A team of horses was used to pull the mower, rake, and wagons, while Dad, my brother, and I hitched the dry hay and placed it on the flat rack, where we stored it in the hay-mowing closet (the second floor of our red- white traditional barn). ) by means of a large, steel fork.