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Throwback at Trapper Creak!!

August 24, 2008

Remember that hay that was getting wet?  All baled and acting like 400+ sponges.

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We have spent the last 2 1/2 days of DH’s vacation, cutting all the bales and spreading them by hand back into windrows.  How’s that for backwards thinking?  We have to be able to pick it up out of the field.  Since we are only partially mechanized, not using bale wagons to pick up the hay etc.  We are stuck having to have it dry enough for our loader to pick up.  At this point, we will TRY to get it dry enough to bale AGAIN, and salvage it for carbon, using it as bedding.  Some bales were fairly dry inside, others were starting to heat.  Believe me, if there was a easier more mechanized way to do this, we would be doing it.  We can’t leave the hay in the field in the bale form and if we can’t get it dry enough to bale and pick up, we will probably just hog mow the windrows to chew them up and it will become fertilizer. 😦  We are tired and sore!

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That’s our neighbor’s toy hauler, not ours.
This is my favorite field,  I want to be buried here, just to the right of this photo, on the ridge above Trapper Creek.

Today we took the camera with us to document this mess.  Hoping to remind ourselves not to repeat some of the mistakes we made.  We wasted time, fuel, and twine, not to mention the hay.

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The dogs had a great time hunting for voles, and playing.

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And more playing…


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And, coming over to visit us, if we were resting in the shade.  Just wanting to plant kisses.

Dirty kisses.

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Let me kiss you Mom, please?

As I’m posting this tonight – it’s raining, and a cool week ahead.  😦

Honeycomb Butterfly Bush.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2008 3:13 am

    That is a terrible lot of work…wow! Great photos though.

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    August 25, 2008 3:48 am

    Just stopped by to see what you all have been up too. Looks like your staying busy too. Have a great day. Becky

  3. August 25, 2008 8:11 am

    Here’s hoping the rain holds out just a bit!

  4. August 25, 2008 9:00 am

    That’s a total bummer! Hopefully you will be able to salvage some bedding out of it. I know we are always stressed out here when we are nearing swathing time. Do you guys do it yourselves or hire out for the stuff? We have some great guys that do all the work and have all the equipment.

  5. August 25, 2008 12:25 pm

    Oh I feel for you, I hope you get it done before it rains again. At least the dogs are enjoying it.

  6. August 25, 2008 4:09 pm

    We’ve just stumbled upon your site, and we are humbled. Our goals are your goals (only we are about 30 years behind you)

    We will look to you for inspiration and add you to the blog roll on our website!

  7. August 25, 2008 6:45 pm

    We are having issues with wet hay here too. They just hayed last week because of all the rain we have had here in Maine. I swear it rained nearly every day this month. What kind of dogs, they are sweet!

  8. August 25, 2008 8:01 pm

    Oh, man, what a bummer. I’m really sorry. We had some guys near here bale right before a rainstorm, sure that it wouldn’t actually rain – we are in a desert after all. The clouds kept their promise for once and poured all afternoon. Hundreds of acres were just ruined.

    Somehow I don’t think they tried to salvage it as you did. That is a *lot* of work!

  9. August 25, 2008 11:02 pm

    TC, I’m sure you’re no stranger to wet hay! Sometimes it’s a bigger gamble than we count on. I’m glad we could at least enjoy the dogs.

    Becky, thanks and hope all is well with you and your family.

    Kathie, it wasn’t to be, it has rained more, but oh well, that is farming. If it was easy, what would we have to complain about??

    LatigoLiz, hay making time is nerve wracking time. We do it ourselves, so we have no one to blame for a misinterpretation of the weather report. Hopefully, we’ll get some bedding out of it.

    Linda, the dogs had a blast, the field mice weren’t too excited about it though.

    Brent, thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Kim, It sounds like rain has been a plague this summer in a lot of hayfields everywhere. Haying is hard enough without this.

    The dogs are Australian Shepherds. The breed is mainly for herding, and they make excellent pets, but they need their people, so if you don’t like a dog in the bathroom with you at all times, don’t get one. They are very territorial too and make excellent watch dogs. Because we rotationally graze our cattle, we don’t need cattle dogs per se, but they have instinctual cow sense, so they keep their heads when they are around the cows.

    Sarah, Oh my, I don’t think I could even bear to think of losing that many acres of hay. Those poor guys.

    We don’t have much choice, but to try to salvage it somehow. If we leave it in the field, it will just be a problem next year when we try to mow it. So… 😦

    I bet you were glad for the rain though, it has been so dry. The plus side the rain we got, is helping the pasture, so it’s always a trade-off.

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