The disparities between the countryside and urban areas are easy to see and hear: rolling green hills, the smell of manure and the crack of bird scarers all point to a rural location. Whereas the incessant scream of police sirens, a Costa on every corner and street lights, stun your senses in any city setting.

I could carry on and list everything that makes each different to the other and which is better. However, there’s no need. The countryside is by far the best.

Why? Because the countryside has something cities don’t. Baler twine.

Orange, yellow or blue, in truth it’s fairly innocuous. Strewn across many a barn floor, guitar string tight around thousands of bales and slightly frayed, almost everywhere, it’s easy to overlook.

Look harder and you’ll see it utilised as a key component of clothing, fences, gates, livestock handling systems, tractors and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Without baler twine where would this person be?

It’s fair to say that without baler twine the countryside would fall to pieces in hours but that’s what makes it so great. Baler twine dispenses with the millions of tonnes of concrete and steel that form our cities. It brings colour and variation to otherwise monotone environments. It’s the symbol for health and safety campaigns, has thirty four thousand likes on Facebook there are books devoted to its use…!

So go out and spread the word, hail the majesty of baler twine and go forth. On your way don’t forget to buy some; it comes in rolls up to 22,300ft long so you’ll never run out!

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  1. I loved this post. My world is held together with baler twine and duct tape (with a little help from superglue)

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  2. I could not agree more with the uses of baler twine, life would be hard without it because everything would be falling apart and no way to tie it back up. I like that you mentioned the different colors even though the color does not matter when it is needed. I also like the picture that you chose to include.

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  3. Ah yes, a great family favourite! There is nothing that my father-in-law wouldn’t fix with baling twine (as we call it downunder). Great post, Thanks for the tribute.

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  4. I don’t have to buy it separately, it comes with the bales I buy for my horses. And yes, there’s “A Thousand and One Uses” for baling/baler twine. Temporary fence, mending, lifting, braided rope, tying up tree branches for the dump… My only wish is that there would be some place or some way to recycle it. There’s no place local that takes it (the plastic stuff), and I throw a heck of a lot of it away 😦

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