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Brad Nelson

In Tales of a Hay Hauler, Brad Nelson shares his unique perspective of the forage industry through his hay-hauling experiences, skillfully woven through storytelling and humor.

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I forget who told this story many years ago, so I can’t give proper credit, but here goes:

A fellow and his young bride were exploring part of a town that had many small shops.

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One of the first times I was working with T-1 steel, I noticed that the sparks made while using a handheld grinder had a different shape than sparks made while grinding on mild steel.

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Positive and negative. Not as in right versus wrong but as a direction, like north versus south, right versus left. (“Left turn here?” “Right.” So, I turned right. “No, no. Correct, not turn right!”)

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It was a sky-blue bicycle with the then-popular “banana” seat, and it had lots of pink frills, obviously a girl’s bike. It showed up under the Christmas tree one year, and our 6- or 7-year-old daughter was over the moon with delight.

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Big outfits usually have their own big shops. Medium-sized outfits will sometimes have their own shop space or may heavily use a dealer or an independent mechanic and/or lube shop.

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A fellow I’ve known for what seems like forever had a real dislike for horses, for what seemed like good reason. About the time he was getting serious about high school, a horse fell on him and mangled both bones of a lower leg. He said it seemed like he spent all but a couple of weeks of high school in a cast or on crutches.

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