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Tedder Rake Description

A tedder is an agricultural machine usually used in wetland or ryegrass production. It is used before pulling and after windrowing, using mechanical moving forks to aerate the hay and thereby speed up the process of wetland or ryegrass hay-production. The use of an aerator allows for greater airflow through the bedding, resulting in more moisture being held in the bedding, resulting in better quality hay. The mechanical forks on aerators enable it to be operated more easily; the design is such that there is very little effort required from the operator.

While there are several other types of equipment used by modern-day harvesters and growers, the teddy bear-shaped aerator is probably the most famous. A teddy bear is generally considered a female animal and the design was adopted from the vulcanizing industry as a means of ensuring that the meat produced was always fresh – regardless of whether the animal had been caught for mating or not. While this may seem quite esoteric to those new to agriculture, it is nevertheless a common practice within the industry. Agricultural agents can sell the tedding, whether fresh or dried, directly to the public with the proceeds going to the farmers who have undertaken the labor of loading and aerating the tedding to ensure that it dries thoroughly and is ready for sale to the public.

Tedder that has been processed to the highest quality before being sold are usually referred to as “red tedders”. Some farmers choose to call the product “dust teddy’s”, given that they are often stacked on top of each other to save space and also allow the consumer to smell the meat. Dust teddies are used by many large scale food producers to give the consumer a fresher, better-tasting piece of food than the traditional poultry or beef alternatives. Many consumers prefer red meats over white meat as a result of the rich, deep, flavoury nature of the meat. A higher-quality product with a properly processed label will have a higher color grading and a better aroma than its inferior cousins.

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