Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Agriculture - BioResource and Agriculture Systems


Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering


College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences


Greg Schwartz

Advisor Department

Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering

Advisor College

College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences


To entice a small-scale hay producer to purchase equipment that will improve their hay hauling operation, a more cost effective and more universal solution must be developed. The objectives of this project are to develop and test a prototype large round bale handler. The prototype was built to industry standards, using modern electronic controls and the latest design and fabrication methods. The prototype makes use of an existing trailer and by doing so can be a less expensive method of hauling hay when compared to other equipment currently on the market. While the combination of the prototype bale handler and new equipment trailer is similar in price to a stand alone round bale handler, a small-scale hay producer might be more likely to purchase the combination of the bale handler and trailer because the trailer can be used for many tasks throughout the year.

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