Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Those 190 bales of hay made our hay tent go from:

to this:

Our trailer can hold just over 50 bales of hay, so this meant we needed to make 4 trips to get all this hay.  We waited to leave on Saturday until we knew Bay's new cria was doing fine (nursing well etc.).  Then we set out to get our first load.  By the time we loaded up, drove home, stacked, and drove back to get more an hour had passed.  So these 4 loads took us about four hours.  This isn't enough hay for all winter for us, since we dry lot we use hay year around (we are using hay now).  But it's a good start on what we will need, and it's what we have room to store.  Our biggest problem becomes storing the hay.  Thankfully the farm we buy our hay from is willing to store it.

This year we are especially thankful to have hay.  Between the drought and economic difficulties of many farmers, hay is scarce, and what there is has been quite expensive.  We are very thankful for what we have.

1 comment:

Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

Hay can be a real nightmare when you're not self suffient can't it. We have some of our own and have bought some in, hopefully we will have enough but if the winter is bad we will need more.

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