Hay Season 2016 . . .
It has officially began on Caldwell Farms. I’m going to miss seeing those waves of grain in the field while sitting on the front porch every evening.
The orchard grass is over the backs of the whitetail deer.
The first field cut, raked and baled this year is out behind the barn that’s closest to the house.
This fields total yield last year was 191 and we’re anxious to see how it does this year.
Kubota tractor and rake have completed their work in this field for today.
The spring rains brought us a heavy crop of orchard grass.
The 4×5 baler is hard at work as is the driver of the tractor that’s pulling that baler.
The previous pictures are of the first field which was completed on Friday and Mr. Caldwell has moved on to three smaller meadows today. He probably won’t put anymore hay down until the weekend because it’s calling for heavy rain on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The grass is so heavy that it has to have at least two drying days before it can be baled. Wet grass means moldy hay which means sick cows that eat it and bad milk for the calves that nurse their mothers.
Meadow beside the mansion is small but produces big.
Meadow at the stable is the smallest and worst of the hay. We’ve already decided it’s needs a load of chicken litter. The litter has already proven itself on the other hayfields and pasture.
The only issue had this season is the poor quality sisal baling twine.
He’s making quick work of this field.
These ladies will be fed in the coming winter!
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