Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mowing and Making Hay



They are mowing our hay field today. Exciting, right?  Well as sad as it may sound to some, I am very excited! Does that make me a farm geek?

If any of you read our blog last summer you know our hay making experience was a bust. With the drought and unreliable help we thought our first attempts at a hay field were a complete failure.
We were surprised this Spring when we noticed Alfalfa coming up in the field.

We still were not sure if it was going to be a  good enough stand, but with the help of a local Hay guy, who has experience, we are optimistic that we may end up with a nice hay field yet.




If all goes well we should have our first bales of hay in our barn by the end of the week! Yay!

Finding good quality hay, from a reliable source, at a fair price is not always easy.  This has been a goal of ours for a very long time.
Now, let's hope they predicted the weather right and we see clear skies for the next few days!

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15 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm crossing my fingers and toes for you Sandra! How exciting, and I get joy from the same kind of stuff, so don't feel badly!

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  2. I have always loved the smell of fresh cut hay! Hope it goes good for you!

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    1. I do too!
      Thanks for stopping by Liz!

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  3. I hope the weather cooperates and y'all get lots of hay! It looks really good too. I sure wish we owned all the hay fields around us. They are all waist deep and I wish they would get mowed really soon. Have fun! And make hay while the sun shines!

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    1. Kris, Hay making season is underway around here. We are all hoping for a better year than last year!

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  4. We're getting our hay pasture cut today as well! Two consecutive years of drought have us conserving pastures and cutting hay, as well as reducing our stocker-cow pressure by selling some of the temporary animals we typically obtain during the spring flush of grass. Fingers crossed for more reasonable summer weather! (visiting from Clever Chicks blog hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

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    1. Thanks for stopping. I hope you have a cooperative summer!!

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  5. Yes, hay is not cheap here, and some farmer's stopped growing it. It cost us $9/bale the last time we bought it.

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    1. That is how it was here last year. Hay was almost double in price. We are all hoping for a good season this year!

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  6. Oh good luck Sandra I love that smell. Our barn has not one bale in it this has never happened for us before and I must admit it is very scary. Seems our alfalfa was winter killed but the rest of the hay fields look good except short we need warm weather. I cannot wait to get out on that baler. You are going to be fine finding someone that has experience is a great idea.Hopefully this will be a good year for us all. B

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    1. It is scary when you have no hay or can't find any hay to buy.
      I hope you get some warm weather soon!!

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  7. Oh good luck!

    We have not cut hay yet this year. My husband thought about cutting weekend before last, but then the temps were fairly cool and he worried it might not dry well.

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    1. We have had cooler temps here too.
      They wanted to get first cut off to help control the weeds that were coming up.

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  8. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  9. I love to watch making hay. Thanks for sharing with us at the HomeAcre Hop. Please come back and see us this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/the-self-sufficient-homeacre-hop-3/

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