France is having walking difficulties Jul 9, 2019 6:59:10 GMT -5 via mobile simplynaturalfarm, grammagrace, and 1 more like this
Post by Applelonia on Jul 9, 2019 6:59:10 GMT -5
I have mixed feelings about the hay...440 bales off our little grass field. It’s not the best quality because of the bad weather 😕 I kept making the decision don’t cut, don’t cut. It’s first cutting done just now. Our weather was so bad in June that almost everyone in our area had first cutting ruined due to multiple heavy rains. I just let the grass stand. Then the day it was cut we had 30 percent rain. Then they removed the rain possiblity. As soon as hay was down - weather app updated - 70 percent chance rain. It got a little bit of rain immediately after cutting. 😩 Not a lot but it got wet.
Thankfully, the rain was at the beginning ~ much better than midway or closer to baling stage. It dried wonderfully well over a two day period ~ moisture in bales is 14.5-15.2 range.
But, it’s a little dusty. Not mold dust, but just older age grass dust and from getting rained on and then a little sun bleached. And the field is a little dusty as the top soil is damanged from years of back to back corn for many years before we purchased the field. The amount of field dust is better than last year, but it still affects the cleanliness of the hay.
It’s very mature and France is horrified I’d even think of giving it to her. She had a melt down last night. Throwing and pushing the Wisconsin hay we bought yesterday (she liked her sample bale of it last week) and then our hay back at me. I kept pushing it back towards her and as I turned to leave she flung a pile of hay at my head and started knocking her knees on the stall wall as she flung turf and knocked her horns on the stall. “Frances NO! This is it. Eat your hay.” She bugged her eyes out and just starred at me. A firm NO is not something spoiled Frances hears often.
I feel bad, as I would love to have last year’s quality hay. But this is this year and it’s not been a good hay year thus far. My husband asked if we could sell it and buy hay she’d like better. But, I take the stance that there might not be better hay. Just because 1st cutting was so bad for many doesn’t mean second cutting will be any better...could get worse. Hay will be in short supply around here this winter.
Maybe she’ll calm down about the hay a little after she can get back outside today ...