Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

August 15, 2013

Getting Ready

It is now mid August and time to be thinking of stocking up for the winter. 25 bales on board, enough for 2 horses for one month. Seven more loads to go! Normally i can get 35 bales per load, but my back will not allow me to get the extra tier on the truck, so I make an extra trip.

The Ford is a 7700 series and does not even notice the load when going up the steep hill coming to our place. This load is last years hay, but still good and cheap at the price $2/ bale. this years hay will be $5/bale and I will be picking up 150 bales of that.

With all the rain this year, and the great hay crops, i am surprised that the price hasn't dropped. I see signs that people are exporting to drought areas, so i guess that's the reason it is holding up.

I gave the girls a small sample and they wolfed it down. They were reaching, trying to feed off the truck when I was backing into the storage area. They have a good memory for some things!

Time goes fast when you are having fun!

11 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i pay $8 - $10 a bale here at the feed store. thankfully, i don't need to feed as much as you do as they're able to scrounge a bit.

luckybunny said...

We are doing the same thing here - getting ready for winter! LOL. 2 bucks a bale for decent hay is great. We are paying 4 here for this years hay - delivered thankfully. so in the range of 5. That's a lot of work but feels good to get it all put away :)

Michelle said...

My husband has been cutting/raking/rolling hay the past two days. A lot of work, but worth it!

Tombstone Livestock said...

They are probably shipping it to California, here it is $13 - $18 a bale. Just had 64 bales delivered at $13 plus $50 for delivery. Otherwise I have to go get 10 -11 bales per trip on my short bed truck. Have no idea what I was thinking going from long bed to short bed.

Alica said...

It's hard to believe it's that time already! I'm sure your horses will be grateful for your hard work stacking that hay!

Montanagirl said...

Lots of hay down during the rains here...farmers were not happy.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

That's a lot of hay - but then winters are long in your neck of the woods!

Gail said...

I am grateful we have our hay for this winter. Last year we were scrambling to find some and feed peanut hay.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

We normally sell our hay for $3 a bale. We had to trash out first cutting. Too much rain so we couldn't get it cut in time. Hoping we can get a second cut.

Looks like you got some good hay.

Mary Ann said...

Good picture of you, Ian... and hay has not dropped a lot here, either, unless you are willing to load in the field. Keith and I are no longer up to it. I have friends who are hiring crews to do it for them, but for three goats, we're going slowly and buying a few at a time. Your hay looks good, though!

peihome said...

Expensive hay! Cheaper here but we get ours free at any rate. Hard to believe it's that time already. *sigh*