Monday, August 11, 2014

Farm Help

We made a small amount of second cutting hay this afternoon. 

Farm Buddy badly needs the hay, but the other goal was to test out the baler after it failed so badly a few weeks ago. 

It needs more work.

It took nearly 4 hours to bale 42 bales as the twine keeps getting jammed up in one of the knotters.  Very frustrating, especially given the amount of repair work that has gone into this machine in the past year.

Fortunately, my trusty helper came out to lend a hand and moral support.  You can always count on a Border Collie...

We had unloading help as well...

This little lamb is getting extra goodies recently as she is not growing as well as her big brothers who keep pushing her away from the milk bar.  She is one of the set of triplets born this Spring.  The bottle-fed lamb (Lamby-Loo) has gotten so big that he is now, not only expecting his bottle, but stealing all his sister's milk as well.  We've never had problems with triplets in the past, but this ewe is not able to keep up with the demand of three babies.  You can really see the size difference between her and the lamb directly behind her.  That little bruiser is Flora, she certainly isn't missing any meals.

"Don't worry foolish humans, we'll have this unloaded lickety-split!"

"See, what's the big deal?  Haying is easy." *burp*

And when the "help" gets a little too unruly, its a Border Collie to the rescue again!


  1. I see that your 'Border Collie' is indeed a great help and supervisor. I hope that you are able to get all the hay you need for winter.
    Our pastures have pretty much burned up from the dry weather so we will have to start to feed hay.

  2. Believe it or not, after moving back to town, I still miss field picking squares!