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Always Working for the Bos

February 10, 2013

Who is working who here?  I always suspect it is us working for the cows.  We picked up another load of straw yesterday for deep bedding.  The cows were a little disappointed when they saw the load, they were probably hoping for food instead of linens, but they aren’t in charge all the time.  Just most of the time.

J4 straw

J4 straw

Cat hunters

Cat hunters

The best part of the trip was getting a chance to visit with our friends that we purchased the straw from.  Who would think getting a load of straw would be like a vacation.  These folks are kind of our tribe…lots of miscellaneous farming talk, and canning talk too.  We left some squash and a few eggs, and brought home a pint of homemade ketchup.  We definitely got the better deal – I know how long it takes to make ketchup!  So well, in fact that I didn’t make any this past year.

The best story from yesterday was about the farmer’s Dad revealing after 40 years of marriage that he didn’t like canned green beans!  If you’re a canner you know you what it would mean to have this information a little sooner!  Reminded me of my husband finally coming clean about mincemeat having mincemeat.  He never realized mincemeat would be actually made with meat until he met me, and then he didn’t tell me about that for 15 years.  Not near as good as the bean story but still funny.

The next best story was brought to mind when we looked up and saw their cats checking out the trailer.  One time one of their cats hitched a ride in the straw and wasn’t discovered until we started to unload at our house.   Rent-a-cat, I guess.  We took the cat back a little used, but well-traveled.

Glove hunter

Glove hunter

I have no idea why, but the dogs absolutely love the bales of straw or hay.  They couldn’t wait to check each bale, and sniff and snort their way through the load.  Playing with the dogs was fun and made the unloading go a little easier.  Until Trace decided to steal one of my gloves.

there went the glove!

there went the glove!

Then the chase was on.  You know the circle game they play?  Well, you’ll never catch them unless they let you.

Soothing the savage beasts

Soothing the savage beasts

I was relieved when the pups lost interest in my gloves and got back in the trailer and settled down.  Visiting earlier and playing with the dogs later made a fairly big farm task go pretty easy.  Glad that chore is done for a while.

Soothed

Soothed

 

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  1. girlgonegranola permalink
    February 10, 2013 2:42 pm

    My gardening gloves are my Pyr’s favorite snack. :(

    • February 10, 2013 6:04 pm

      GGG, it must be the scent from our hands. Our young Australian likes dirty socks too. If he wants attention he gets in the dirty laundry. I’ve told him it’s just easier to go to the door instead of the getting in the laundry, I think he likes to see us fuss :D

  2. Chris permalink
    February 10, 2013 3:49 pm

    Maybe the pups were hoping to find another kitty in that load of straw! :))

    • February 10, 2013 6:03 pm

      Chris, probably, our kitties were in there too checking things out, until the dogs got too rowdy. :D

  3. February 10, 2013 4:20 pm

    My dog is the same way about the fascination of hay bales. Pull one bale down, and while you’re reaching for another, she has jumped up on the first one. It always looks like she is hoping for a ride, but since she adds 50 pounds to the weight of the bale, it’s not very likely!

    • February 10, 2013 6:02 pm

      Quinn, he he, I think it’s a clever plan with ours to deliver big wet kisses when they get at face level. They played and played and then jumped up on the stack in the barn and took a nap, which seemed like a good idea to me. If only I could teach the dogs to cook!

  4. Nick permalink
    February 10, 2013 4:21 pm

    i usually see big round bales of hay where I live, yours look little compared to that. Is there a reason you can’t buy the big ones? Is there much of a difference? can you store those outside?

    • February 10, 2013 6:12 pm

      Nick, this size is called small squares, and are easy to handle in the 50 – 60 pound range. Otherwise you need equipment to move the others. If you have lots of cows, the large round or even the large square bales make sense. At this size a child can feed and bed the cows, for small farms the little ones make more sense. (IMHO) Lots of hobby farmers get roped into the big bale thing, then they need big tractors to move them, and the list goes on and on. The equipment manufacturers made out on that technology for sure. The other downside is the disposal of the wrap or netting. Lots of plastic involved.

      We are definitely behind the times, but for us the technology period we’re in is appropriate.

      No, we can’t store our hay outside.

      • February 10, 2013 10:14 pm

        I agree with you MOH, those large bales are a bane around here in Latvia and only useful to the farmers who make them, as they are the only ones with the equipment to handle them. Everyone else has to break them up and carry them load by load into the barn. We can only move one bale of the large ones at a time. We got a small round baler this year and they are much more practical, they are easy to move about, even I can lift them – just! We kept ours outside but under a tarp and they are doing fine. I seem to think the round bales store better as they shed the rain. Small ones though do get wet quicker than the big ones.

  5. February 10, 2013 5:36 pm

    there is something so gratifying about getting in a load of straw..clean stalls and a sweet smelling barn! We are getting low on everything, even the hay, I am crossing my fingers for an early spring. Love your dogs.. c

    • February 10, 2013 6:00 pm

      C., umm I agree, the straw and hay smell so sweet. Fingers crossed for your early spring. We always just limp along in limbo here, on the coolish side, not too cold, not too hot but not just right either ;)

  6. February 11, 2013 8:37 am

    Are those string or wire tied? Related, why do you bale hay with plastic twine instead of sisal?

  7. February 12, 2013 5:52 am

    “there went the glove” hahaha made me laugh- great story telling :)

  8. Mom24boys permalink
    February 12, 2013 9:47 pm

    I’ve noticed here in the South Willamette Valley (OR) that while HAY is often in those big round or giant block bales, straw always seems to be in the small squares. Maybe it is done that way for all the small-time horse folk around here…

    We use straw for our chicken pen and just get it 2-3 bales at a time from the feed store. At $4 a bale it isn’t terribly expensive but I’m sure we’re paying a premium for letting them “store” it for us until we need it.

    One of these days, we might get a lean-to built against the chicken fort [there is a second story for a play house/fort... lots of fun] but not this spring. This spring time, effort and money are going into renewing our flock. The girls are going on 4 years so it’s time to retire them to the dog food pot. I am hoping to get some Sussex this time around.

  9. February 17, 2013 4:08 pm

    We always love your visit too!

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