Sunday, August 30, 2009

Square Baling

Put up some small square bales with George Booth's square baler. Broke down a few times, I think most of it lies in operator error. It is amazing how much more work it is square baling. The hay is so nice, but damn, it takes a lot of work. Sort of like cutting firewood, cutting, stacking, hauling and hauling again! It is looking as if we may do some more square bales. Rick is getting good at stacking them. Tomorrow we are going unstack them in the shed. They have been on the wagon, time to unload.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fall is in the air

Wow, it was a steady 90 degrees this past week, now it is gone. Lots of nice rain to make the grass grow and to make me anxious at the same time. Where did the time go? Wasn't it spring a few weeks ago? Fall is always a mixed time for me. This year we have the excitement of being able to harvest 10 steers, our most to date and at the same time I have the disappointment of having one too many projects not done. Sometimes I forget how far we have come. Time to go back into the photo album and realize where we started from. I guess many that is human nature? Sort of like not appreciating what you have and instead concentrating on what you want! Last year at this time we didn't even have 10 steers to butcher. Count that blessing. Will be up north tomorrow to work on the Thomas place, we are getting the fencing looking pretty good. Now if I could just keep Kevin from frogetting all that he has learned! Must be a teenage thing.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Lull

The haying is done. Wow, we could have really used that rain this spring. We were really short on hay this year. Not sure if it was due to the lack of rain or our horse manure experiment. Let's hope we get another cutting. It is a funny thing, when you are focused on getting one project done and this is your sole focus that once it is done, there is sort of a lull. "What am I going to do next?" My wife asked me what was wrong the other day, I then explained to her the "lull" of what should I do next. Maybe I should finish getting all of that hay inside? Now that is a good idea!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

And then it... RAINED!

It has been one real tough week trying to finish up the last of our hay. Steve from Woller Equipment probably thinks that I have stolen their Vermeer 5400! It is dry for one day, then a little rain. We are real particular about our hay and don't want it to get wet, nearly impossible this year, more importantly we don't want any MOLD! Getting wet will lower the nutrition mold will make it unhealthy for most any animal to consume. We were all set up to finish tonight and BAM, another little bit of rain. It was only about 1/10th of an inch, but that was enough. Let's hope for a little sun tomorrow.