Where are My Twine Cutters?

Shepherds and farmers:  don't you just hate it when someone borrows your cutters and doesn't put them back?  How can you open up those hay bales for your critters?  The plaintive BAAAAAing is ripping at your heart!  "Feed me now," they cry!  Must you go searching high and low for the tools you need and thought you'd left right THERE?  Is somebody in the doghouse?

Fear not, gentle shepherd, there is another way:  use old baling twine to break the baling twine that holds your hay captive.  I learned this trick not too long ago, and it has saved me many a grumpy morning.  If you're like me, you have gobs of baling twine hanging about, and now you can put it to good use.

Watch and learn:

See!  Now you never need fear the missing cutters.  And next time, remember that you put them in your pocket instead of replacing them on the shelf.  Naughty shepherd.


  1. Love it, great tip. Thanks.

  2. Anonymous7:33 AM

    Same technique works for cutting pvc pipe as well. Which I learned when wanting to cut some old pvc to make my niddy noddy....any string will do :)

  3. Cindy, you are great!

  4. That's so cool! I wish I'd known that years ago when I had a horse. Oh but wait.... my alfalfa came with wire holding the bale together! Oh well I'll see if my brother knows this little trick.

  5. What do you do with all that twine? Can you knit it into hay bags or shopping bags?


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