Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Who Needs a Gym?!?

This is how I do my hay. Gerald keeps track of what is up there. I would guess between 900 and 1000 bales. It was just the 2 of us for about half of it. Second cutting is done and I will put third cutting in different areas in my other barns. I like to put up around 1500 to 1800 bales. I'd rather have too much then too little. I have some of last years first cutting left, the cows will probably get that. It is cheaper buying it off the field. Hay fields were plowed under this year for corn. I am a little concerned that there may be a hay shortage this winter. With the flooding and wild fires that ravaged the different parts of the country we may see semi loads leaving the Midwest. Don't worry Callie, I will have extra if you need it. That's what friends are for.

6 comments:

BarnGoddess said...

hay = work = sweat = crabby barngoddess.

sometimes I am happy I only have 1 horse....but I really want another one!

Pony Tail Club said...

We have had a hay shortage here, and last spring we were really low. That won't happen again, we are stocking up this year! We have about 1000 bales and are getting two more big loads.

Callie said...

Cool.....I'll probably need it. :)

Rising Rainbow said...

Hay is supposed to be scarce here this year too. A bunch of the fields that normally supply hay on this side of the mountains were sold to the Canadians so that has the local hay merchants sweating.

I try and store hay here but with as many horses as I have it's unrealistic for me to try and put up enough for the winter. I don't have enough room for that.

Transylvanian horseman said...

Here the hay harvest looks like it will be plentiful. Now we have to buy and store about a hundred tons of loose hay, one or two horse carts at a time. A few hundred miles south the situation is different. A heatwave and drought mean that agriculture is failing, whilst the population don't want to stop watering their lawns, taking deep baths, washing their cars, etc. A thousand miles west, in rainy Britain, agriculture is pretty well washed out by a summer where it has rained every single day for over a month. The weather certainly is odd, and worrying.

Kathy C said...

With the dry conditions here, I am assuming hay prices will rise significantly. Luckily I only need about 300 bales to get me through, and I have more than half already from the first cutting.