Bringing in the Hay

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We’ve been helping friends hauling hay. They have horses and it was time to bring the hay in.  The hay fields are close to our house, and we got out on the field by 6 am each morning.

 

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At that time, it was still nice and cool so for the first few hours, it was a lot nicer conditions to be working in.

 

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As the day went on it got hotter and hotter. I usually get the easy job while we were all on the field - I got to drive the trucks! My friend was in the back of the pick up stacking the bales, and the two fellas were tossing them into the pickup.

Once the pickup was full (50 bales), they started tossing bales onto the car trailer to be stacked. Around and around and around and around the fields we went.

Once our pickup and trailer was full, I grabbed our friend’s truck, and we did the same thing all over again.

 

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After bringing the hay over to their place, I climbed up on top of the stacks and tossed them down to my friend. She loaded them onto the “conveyor belt” thing, which took them up to the barn. Graham pulled them off and tossed to our friend, and he stacked them in the barn.

There are quite a few really interesting looking old hay barns here in the Valley. I wonder how old that one is?

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Each truck and trailer held 150 bales.  Two trips each = 600 bales.  Our friends told us a general rule for them is to allow half a bale a day for each horse they own.

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Here’s a field that hasn’t yet been cut. These fields contain timothy, some canary grass and some alfalfa.

 So what have I learned about hauling hay?

You can load 50 bales in the back of a pickup truck.

When you stack hay on the vehicles, the bottom row gets laid On End. The next row is laid strings up. Following rows alternate.

When a baler pops the finished bale out onto the field, it lands On End. Apparently this is, so the baling twine does not rot, IF the bales should be left out in the field.

It is not enough to get the hay baled. It HAS to be taken off the field and stored as soon as possible after bailing. This means that no amount of whining, sighing, sweating or aching muscles will enable you to cut out early, if the job is not finished.

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Cold beer tastes So Good after the day’s work is done!

Comments

  1. avatar Kari says:

    Hay! You learned the most essential lessons on hay! What a job, but sweet satisfaction to know the herds will be fed through the winter and the cold beer was waiting when the job was well done! Great photos. Slainte!