Saturday, June 28, 2014

Getting hay in for the winter

Wednesday night we got in about 2 ton of hay for the horses for this winter and the night before that (Tuesday night) we got a little over 3 ton.  It had to be picked up off the pasture before the forecasted thunderstorm hit - otherwise the hay might have been ruined from the wet.  So, Grandma drove the truck and trailer around the pasture while the rest of us bucked bales onto the trailer as it went by.  The bales were about 80lbs. and wouldn't have been so hard to lift if I hadn't had paper-thin gloves, and the string was digging in to my fingers.  I have sore muscles and blisters today :)  But that is a good feeling.  We would have gotten all of it the first night but our friend's baler broke and he couldn't bale up the rest of the hay so we had to wait till last night.  Then Tuesday night we had to drive it home to the barn and unload it there working double time because it had started to rain and Wed. night we just parked the trailer in the barn.  We have to get a few more tons for the sheep and goats though.  It was so great of the grandparent to come and help out!  Thank you guys!

Our load

Caleb was tired and having an allergy attack from the grass hay - it was dark out before we finished

Last year we only got 4 ton for the horses and ran short near the end - so we decided to get 1/2 ton more each, to have extra in case of a longer, harder winter - which isn't unlikely.

The trailer parked in the barn


Grandma and Grandpa talking after we finished unloading the hay

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