|bales on the right, raked hay on the left. Lots of work ahead|
The unfortunate part of that is that I don't have a round baler... but this year I watched the weather and saw a little window coming up that looked like haying weather. So I cut the grass and crossed my fingers; tedded it, and tested it every day for moisture content. This morning I thought it might work out, so I raked a row and tuned up the baler for bale length and weight. Around noon the hay tested at 17% moisture, and the race is on.
|First cutting has some seed heads and some weeds. 2nd cutting will be finer and better quality|
I need about a bale a cow a day. So my herd of 25 cows needs 25 bales a day, or roughly 750 bales a month in hay. The non-growing season is about 5 months long, so my goal for this year is 3,750 bales of hay stacked and in the barn by september.
If I can get this cutting into the barn without mishap, I'll be more than half-way there. Crossing my fingers and hoping it doesn't rain tonight. 20% probability.