What is waterway hay, you say?
Well...we have several grass waterways on our farm, which are part of a conservation plan to prevent erosion, and to direct excess water to the proper place after heavy rains. Several times during the summer, while he has his hay equipment out, Jim mows and bales the grass hay in the waterways for the heifers.
As you can see here, the waterways are long and narrow, and there's not room to turn around with a tractor, baler, and hay wagon...so Jim bales the hay and lets it drop on the ground. I'm not even sure how he turns just the tractor and baler around...but that's why he does it...and not me!
The kids and I went down to pick up the bales after milking tonight...
I got the easy job...driving the truck. Jenna picked the bales up and tossed them onto the truck...
...and Eric stacked them up so they all fit on the back...just so...
Then we unloaded them in the barn. They'll be used for feeding the heifers.
I took a couple of bales down to the hay racks in the meadow for the cows to snack on this evening, and these two supervisors came along. They love riding in the truck, whenever they can!
Fourth cutting is almost over! There's one more field to bale...hopefully Jim will be able to get it baled dry on Monday.
Enjoy your weekend...I hope it's as beautiful where you are as it is here!