Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Where Did It Go?

Do you remember this picture of Slinky up in the top of the hay mow, trying to stay as far away from Murphy as possible?

That was in October.  This is the east hay mow, and today it looks like this...

Here we are, five months later, and it (the east hay mow) is all but empty of dry hay.  The mow on the west side of the barn is less than half full by now as well.  Last summer we baled less dry hay than usual...however we had about fifty large round bales of balage, which we fed the cows twice per day.  We have three round bales left, and we should have enough dry hay to last until first cutting of hay, which is usually sometime in May, but it will be cutting it closer than some years.  Those cows sure do eat a lot!

(The wooden bin at the left is the bin that holds the toasted corn.  The chute goes down through the barn floor into the stable area, where we fill the cart daily to feed to cows.)

It's hard to believe that in less than two months, we will be mowing and baling hay!  Right now the fields are just beginning to green up.  With the rain we've had, and the warm temps to come, that time will be here before we know it!

Spring is here, and it's just in time!


  1. Alica Yes I can hardly believe I will be baling in a few months.June will be very busy. They sure do eat a lot we have plenty of round bales left which is good if we have some kind of drought you never know. B

  2. Glad you're going to make it through. That is such a scary feeling when it's cutting it close. This is my first year to have excess hay! I'm certainly enjoying the benefits of baling my own hay.

  3. Thats what we thought here that spring is here but to our surprize we got hit with a bad snow storm , just as all was gone and looking good ! Yup the hay goes fast I remember as a kid being on our farm how fast it all went and came about. Have a great day !

  4. Yep.....we don't bale our own (wish we did), just went this week and bought some to get us through until 2nd cut as my picky goats will not eat 1st cut! Darn goats! I hate looking uo and seeing the hay mow getting low, enough to keep me up at night with worry!

  5. wow! That's a lot of hay! Is Slinky a barn cat or does she come inside too? As you said, it's hard to believe how soon it will be that everything will be green and ready to be mowed. It's just so cold's not even going to get over 35! Can't wait til it warms up!


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