Lee finished making our 1st crop hay the other day, and as we often say on the farm, that’s a good job done! Not only is it all baled and stored, but he was able to make really good quality hay. In our Wisconsin climate, it can be a big challenge getting the hay dried, baled, and under cover. He made orchard grass hay for the horses, and has a nice timothy and alfalfa mix that he uses for the sheep. We’ll sell whatever surplus hay we have, as always. Some of our regular hay customers are feeding llamas and we have a few horse owners who buy from us too. Just a point I’d like to mention, for those reading this who may not be farmers….the nice green bale in the picture is hay, not straw. Straw is yellow/golden and is not a feed. It’s used for bedding mostly. The green bales are hay and they are animal feed. The smell of hay has to be top on my list of favorite things. Right after it’s cut and laying in the fields drying, it smells amazing. Walking into the shed where the newly baled hay has been stored, a beautiful aroma. The very best hay smell for me is when the horses are tucked into the barn at night, chewing on their supper hay. Their chewing releases that lovely hay smell and it’s such a comfort. Hay can be full of surprises. Foreign objects get baled up in the hay sometimes and we’ve found sunglasses, dead snakes, frogs, lots of feathers, paper, balloons, and more. That’s my hay knowledge for today.
June 18, 2009