HERE's the ultimate solution for the small farmer looking for ways to save money on machinery and contractors.
Fiona and Gerald Barry from Kirkstall near Port Fairy made these traditional haystacks after cutting their roadside verge.
"Gerald was born in Ireland and grew up on a farm there and decided to put some old-time farming practices into play," Fiona said.
Gerald (pictured below) cut the grass with a scythe, turned and windrowed it with a pitch fork and formed it up into a hay stack. Fiona said the outer layer would protect the hay from rain, which they planned to feed to their 12 cows.
Given the way fuel costs are going up, Irish haystacks could catch on.