We did get the hay in – just before another two inches of rain. A good amount was dubious and the rest rejected.
But this is going to be a bad year for hay so the dubious bunch is stacked loosely across the barn floors, salted and rolled twice already. John is probing for temperature often.
The rejected batch is stacked loosely on pallets outside. The Cadet and I pulled these down and tested and restacked them yesterday. Done are pretty hot! The cats are delighted with their new warm castle.
We covered this with a big tarp when it rained and will continue to do so. I need to do everything I can to bring in something edible for the cold months.
There will be a massive shortage of hay this year. But these bales are so heavy – I have low hopes. And throwing 80 – 90 pound bales wears a person down after a while.
The cows like it though. And as you can see it makes a warm bed!
I think working in small cuts is sensible. Then I can tend to each bale to save them. Some I have cut open to dry in the barn that way. But the weight of them almost broke John’s son and I. We are missing our co-workers brute strength. And his hand ( that we cannot discuss) is a long way from healed.
Anyway this morning I hope to get away early to get some photos of the organic fields that have already sprouted. My own field is still weeds and sodden soil and is making me miserable. There is always time for cover crops though.
Every evening when I come out to milk Del there are three eggs laid in her stanchion. They like the new hay too!
It looks like we have a clear sky this morning. Nice. It says it will not rain until about 2pm today. I can’t believe it is Friday already!