Wednesday, May 20, 2009

First Cut Hay

As mentioned, I cut hay Monday night. I was not ready or planning to, but "everyone else was doing it" so I caved. Now weather man has changed the report to possible showers on Friday and Saturday. Big surprise. It still should be enough time to get it dry and baled, depending on how wet the ground is.

It will be small square baled. The alfalfa came through pretty good this spring, so hopefully with an early cutting it will be a good stand all summer long.

And like the title says, I started after work. I got home at 4:45, moved eveything out of the barn, greased, checked tractor and haybine. Installed a couple new knives on the sickle bar, and put it back in the haybine. Started mowing at 6:00pm and finished at 9:00pm, in time to feed the cowes, grab a sandwich and head to bed.

Thankfully this year, I didn't "find" any deer, bunnies or cats while mowing. I'll leave you with a picture

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

First Post

This is a totally new thing. Although I am not computer illiterate, I do not use the web for much more than simple searches and information gathering.

In the future this blog will be used for updating information on what is going on with our farm. We will probably leave much of the family information out, and focus on the farm, land, animals and equipment. This world is a crazy place, with crazy people (not that most consider me normal) and our family's privacy is still a high priority.

We have about 65 acres, 39 in tillable, 14 in hay, 10 in pasture, and 1-2 for the house and buildings. The house has property records back to the 1840.

We have 7 registered Angus cattle, 2 quarter ponies, a barn full of well fed cats, and a Cocker Spaniel dog named Henry.

I bit the bullet last night and mowed about 7 acres of alfalfa/clover/grass-weeds.

We'll see how right they are at predicting the weather.