Vermeer commemorates first big round baler
Vermeer is celebrating fifty years since designing the first big round baler. The machine came about when a friend of Gary Vermeer considered leaving the cow/calf business because he couldn’t get help putting up square bales, according to Bret Julian, director of sales for Vermeer.
“As the story goes, he and a person at Vermeer basically got down on the shop floor and drew out what a round baler should look like,” Julian told Brownfield Ag News. “That was kind of the genesis of that, then multiple renditions later they came out with basically the first rendition of the round baler.”
The concept has evolved into tools and implements that have changed forage and cattle production, said Julian.
“It transformed how we winter cows, how we handle hay,” said Julian. “If you just drive down the road, be it in Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, it doesn’t matter, you’re going to see most cattle, particularly this time of year, fed with round bales.”