Lucky for us, it looks like mushrooms won't be the only thing on the menu this winter despite the lousy, wet hay weather we have had.
We have made some major changes to hay making this year. The farmer that I have been buying straw from told me last year that he also makes hay. Initially, I didn't think much about it as he only makes the giant square bales (they weight about 800 lbs) and I have no way to handle those. However, he told me he could bring the hay over along with his skid-steer and just put it in the barn for me. That sounded rather appealing.
After all the trouble we had last year, we opted not make dry hay at Farm Buddy's like we have the past few years. Her first cutting was all made into baleage and I decided to try the huge square bales.
I spent the weekend cleaning out the hay shed and getting ready.
He was able to stack the bales right into the barn with the skid-steer. Oh the joys of power equipment!
This is the first time ever that I have hay in the barn without having handled it myself. Quite a novelty.
I am very happy to have a barn full of hay, especially since I think it will be in short supply this year. Kipper is happy to have a new mattress.