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!