Hay season is upon us. This is how it works:
- You wait patiently for a stretch of days with absolutely no rain. No thunder showers. Nada. And you hope for a light dew…
- You first mow the hay.
- Then you use a tedder. The tedder basically takes the hay and spreads it around so it dries easier.
- You scour the weather for any changes and hope for not a drop of rain.
- You feel the hay, trying to see if there is much moisture left in it after letting it dry in the sun.
- Then you use a rake to form nice mounds of hay across the field in a strip that will be easily picked up by the baler.
- Optional Step: The hay still isn’t dry! Flip it over with a rake again.
- It’s dry OR the rain is coming! You bale it into big round beautiful bales that will feed a herd of cattle for a couple of days or you bale it into little bales that you can easily toss into a feed wagon. We did both.
As you can imagine, hay making in PA can be a crazy business with the level of rain and moisture we have here, but it is still a ton of fun. The fresh cut and baled hay smells fantastic and fresh, convincing even me, a human, that it must taste good. We fed a couple fresh bales to our soon-to-be mamas and they gobbled it down like candy.
First cutting done…now we wait for it to grow and go at it again!
**And as this is happening, I impatiently check the cow mamas’ pasture each morning to see if any calves have arrived. None yet, but they sure must be coming soon! Pictures will appear immediately.**