Posts tagged farm equipment

Hay Harvest 2018: First Cutting

Due to the torrential rain storms, our first hay harvest was delayed until the weekend of June 15th. We started to bale our hay on Friday evening; however, despite the lights on Stella (our Kubota tractor) darkness set in and we could no longer see. It was an interesting experience! With the help of our brother-in-law, we finished baling and storing the hay on Saturday afternoon. Thanks Jim!

This harvest was very challenging: torrential rain delays, the knotter on the baler tied some bales and not others, the tractor grumbled to a start, the hay elevator motor was smoking despite  being a new motor and tempers were short.;  Of course, it was hot, maybe not as hot as now but still hot!

Thankfully, we finished our harvest (300 bales) and we are eternally grateful to Jim for lending us a hand!

 

 

 

 

 

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Rite of Spring

It’s mucking time! Thanks to the help of “Big Al”, our new to us tractor” our barn stalls are now clean and fresh for spring. The sheep are happy, too!

 

Big Al

Big Al

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Winter Stores: 2nd Cutting

 

 

 

On August 26th, we harvested our 2nd cutting of hay.  Since our area experienced a drought, this cutting only yielded 166 hay bales. It’s hard to believe everywhere around us had rain and we did not. Right now, our sheep are still enjoying pasture so fingers crossed we have pasture for a while longer.

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It’s Hay Time: First Cutting 2017

The weather finally cooperated so we were able to bale hay last weekend! Our first cutting yielded 220 bales.  We bought a new to us hay elevator, too.

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Our Barn: Snap Shots

The barn is almost done but I wanted to share a few snap shots of the process. It’s the future home to farm equipment that now decorates our property.

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