Friday, July 17, 2009

Hay season has arrived ~

Jinx & Jade, sisters & buddies

After an incredibly wet spring and the month of June filled with rain, July is actually more like summer. We had a week of good weather, sun and warm temps and hay fields have dried out and farmers are making hay! Hay has been in short supply and people have been scurrying to find enough to feed their animals until farmers can make some new. Thankfully our new pastures came in great and our animals have been grazing for awhile now. The barn is filling up and the round bales are piling up. I love to "store nuts" for winter. It's a big relief when I don't have to worry about winter feed. I'll try to get photos of the next big load we haul in. I was too tired after unloading the last load.

We are in the process of purchasing our own bull. Pictures will be arriving today. Stay tuned.........


Sue said...

Deb, Jinx and Jade are sure cuties. Glad you're getting in some hay. Have a great weekend!

Christy said...

Cute kittens. I've got enough hay for the year, but around here no one is getting their second cut. It has been to dry and the grass hasn't grown since the first cut. It is going to be a hard year for many around here.

Adkins Family farm said...

Nothing feels more rewarding than storing up for the winter. It doesn't matter if it's hay or canning up the garden. I have always loved that feeling of security and accomplishment. I'm really glad you're getting your hay up. I was really concerned about all the rain you were getting last month.

threecollie said...

That is wonderful. Hope the good weather continues for you.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

City people have no idea about the importance of good quantity and quality hay. Glad you've got some put up.

I want to see a photo of the petting zoo in front of your market.

Callie said...

Sweet kittens! Very glad you are getting "nuts" stored away for winter.

DayPhoto said...

That is so exciting! I love haying. Terry like to harvest hay, and I do believe he is a hay bale artist. What Terry really enjoys in harvesting corn!


Deb said...

Thanks - you have a great weekend also!

Christy -
Thank you :) Glad you have enough hay for the year......I think it's going to be a hard year for people all over this country unfortunately.

Adkins Family farm,
You are absolutely right! I love putting in wood in April for October - one less thing to worry about. That's security!
We were concerned about hay but had more than one source available and could have gotten a load out of Canada although it would have been more expensive and I really like to support my neighbors better :)

Hope you have good weather for your time away at camp and no more breakdowns on the farm!

Your absolutely right about that. Hope you have enough hay for yourselves for the winter.
We probably won't have any animals in the petting zoo tomorrow as it's raining and supposed to rain all day tomorrow. I'll post a photo of the set up without animals and hope next weekend it's dry and I can get you some good photos.

Thanks - is the fire danger high where you are? Do you have to worry about that for many months this time of year?

I love to hay as well although I don't get into the fields very often anymore.
Please post photos when you all are haying - and harvesting your corn!

lisa said...

I am glad that you got your hay in!! We will buying it again until next year when the barn is done and the field is better prepared to bale.