My best friend as a child and I used to climb to the very top their hay barn and hide...it was like a whole different world up there!
Just think of how that will look in a few months! I bet that this winter you use up most of those bales. I remember freshly baled hay. It smells so wonderful. Miss it too...... sorta... Have a great weekend Farmgirl!
Nothing better than your own hay.I am now paying $80.00 for one round bale for my horses. Square bales are selling for $5.75 to $7.95. We didn't get enough rain in my area hence the very high prices. Last year I paid $30 a round bale.
Boy, that pile of hay looks wonderful. A girl can dream...but for now it's maintaining a small-but-growing market garden. I'm curious if you knew a lot about animal husbandry before you bought your farm, or if you just dove in. My long-term goals include goats and sheep, short-term (this spring) about 30 chickens.http://bagclaim.typepad.com/baggagecarousel/
lovely image(thanks for showing the earlier links too!
Hi Alisha,Climbing around in the top of the haybarn is too much fun. (As long as it's not 100 degrees and you're in the middle of piling the freshly baled hay in there, of course. : )Hi Heather,I'm sure we'll use up all those bales, especially if we're getting snow this early!Hi Dawn,You're absolutely right--nothing better than your own hay. When we have had to buy hay, nobody was happy--not us or the critters.Ouch! Hearing those hay prices you are having to pay is downright painful. That's crazy, but I realize that unfortunately you have no choice. We've had several really bad hay years here due to drought. For a few years the feed dealer was bringing in tractor trailer loads of hay from a couple of states away. It was crazy.$25 to $30 is about what round bales usually go for here. But it does seem like the bales keep getting smaller. We prefer square bales for various reasons, but we're some of the only people who still put them up around here.Hi Kelly,Congratulations on having a market garden, and your longterm goals sound great. As far as what I knew about animal husbandry before moving to the country--that would be absolutely nothing. I went from never having seen anything being born (not even a puppy or kitten or hamster) to having 24 lambs in 50 days. It was definitely a Learn As You Go Process! : )Hi Wendy,You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed them. : )
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