officially begun! Two small meadows were mowed yesterday along with a corner of one of the large fields. Today and tomorrow will be a mad rush to get all of it baled into 4 x 5 bales before another good chance of showers rolls in.
Hubby and I spent most of February tearing out our old loading pen. It was well over 50 years old and was worn out. Instead of repairing like we normally do we decided to start over with this section of the pen. The far end with the working head chutes and calf pens are on the opposite end and were redone three years ago.
We’ve rehung some gates, tightened up some posts, and put in some posts. Now, we wait for our lumber to arrive which has been an unexpected delay. Most of the private lumber mills in the area will only cut for commercial folks. Here’s some pictures of the work we’ve done so far and I’ll post more as we get the work completed! I’ve definitely used muscles that have been lazy for some time!!!
NOW WE WAIT!!
It’s June, the weather is hot and the grass is turning brown on the tips. It’s time to make hay!! Early summer is a very busy time for all farmers because they’re preparing for the winter ahead and keeping the livestock fed. As of last week, my husband and daughter had mowed down, raked up and baled 125+ round bales of hay. That total is about one third of what we will need to make it through a fairly bad winter. We have about eighty 4×5 foot bales left over from last year because we had a very warm and short winter season and we have about that many left over from the year before that.
This is one of the toughest jobs they have on the farm because you deal with rain, heavy dew, riding on equipment that doesn’t have a really smooth comfort zone and of course, that bearing down sun. The heat so far this year has ranged from low to mid 70’s early in the day to high 90’s in late afternoon. It’s very important to stay hydrated and protect your skin. NOW, I must tell you the two stubborn people working on our farm think that sunscreen attracts hay seed and hay dust and therefore rarely if ever wear sunscreen. They think the canopy on the tractors will protect them. Needless to say, they are both quite brown-skinned now and I’m envious but won’t trade places with them. Me and the sun do NOT get along. I do however appreciate the hard work they put in and love the time they get to spend together even though they’re working.
I’ve included a few pictures of the work at hand. Please take heed and watch out for our farmers on the road. They are putting food in our mouths even though they’re making the hay for the livestock!!