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Friday, July 11, 2008

2008 Hay Harvest

The hay has been baled! We are a bit disappointed at our bale count, but there’s not much we can do about it except to try and make things better for next year. We put up most of the hay last night with the help of 2 local high school boys, my dad and my friend S. It wasn’t without some stress in just getting started. I bent the top link for the tractor in trying to figure out a way to pull the flatbed trailer with it. I ripped the tarp in the back of the Ford trying to pull out the debris from a few weeks ago with the tractor; way too heavy. All in all though, we got most all of the hay we need put up in the shed. At least two or three more loads tomorrow and then the rest in the field goes to a few close friends. Not much hay left over with a couple of extra mouths coming in a few months. (:-o More on that later.

Here are some of this year’s hay harvest pictures. And if you are in the area here, please make sure to check out the class on August 6th!

Swath:

Cure:

Stir:

Windrow:

Bale:

Buck:

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2 comments:

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Nothing like the smell of new hay!

Seems we are a little light on our bale number too-suprising with all the rain we had.

The guys were very sloppy in their baling job-so for the next couple of days, I will be driving around the hay field with a pitchfork, picking up loose hay-just can't have good hay go to waste :)

Latigo Liz said...

Yep, no sense in letting it sit! We do the same thing. Now I hope it rains a bunch and then gets hot and dry again. Would be awesome to get a second cutting in late August or sometime in September!