Friday, 12 June 2015

All Is Safely Gathered In.

Well we made our small squares bales of hay.  The baler man arrived about 5.30 PM and we had them all in by 11.15 on Tuesday night.







It looks like there is only about 50 hay bales stacked in the shed.  We got quite a bit more than fifty from the 3 fields.  Can you guess how many bales we made?  Not forgetting the fields never got any fertilizer ("bag manure") or cow slurry this year.  That's still waiting in the cow shed.

Number 1 son wants me to put it out and go for a second crop and we can sell them.  I said he can do but we will sell them in the field.  I am not humping xxx bales again this year.  At least I had the sense to wear a glove when holding the twine on the hay bales.  It must of been all those years riding on the back of the couch watching those cowboy films when I was knee high to a grass hopper.

So folks.  How may hay bales did we make?

16 comments:

  1. Sorry, too tired to make a guess, but I envy you that lovely big barn, and that lovely pile of hay!

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    1. You can never have enough sheds on a smallholding Vera. Somewhere to store feeding in, wood, machinery, a workshop, dry washing, animal housing...? It wouldn't cost a lot to make a barn out of corrugated iron or boxed cladding. But don't make it too small.

      I was really tired and ached all over after our hay baling. But we saved a lot of money (hundreds) not paying for silage contracting. Thanks!

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  2. How many acres did you cut and bail Dave? We used to expect 75 bales per acre, but we only cut 2 acres, we needed 50 so had 100 for sale.

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    1. Your calculations are very good Anne. We made 266 small square bales of hay off approximately 3 and a half acres. One field yielded 168 bales. I think we will have more than enough to feed half a dozen calves over winter. Last year they went through a bale a day between them. Thanks!

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  3. You got a lot of hay bales! I was going to guess 200 but then read your comment saying what you got. :O)

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  4. Yes Texan we did really well with our hay crop this year. Sunshine and natural nitrogen (rain) made us very happy. My back is still aching after carrying and stacking the hay bales. But we are very pleased with our harvesting. 200 was a very good guess. Thanks!

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  5. Thanks BG. We were blessed with sun for a few days. Thanks!

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    1. That's good to hear Cumbrian. It's hard graft isn't it? We loved making the hay and felt so fulfilled when we had stacked it all.

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    2. Yeah, bloody hard graft. But the sun always seemed to be shining. Stacking then in the barn was the worst, mewing it was called, and the higher up you went the hotter it got, it was considered to be a young mans job.
      Had a sled towed behind the baler with a slot in the floor, stack 8 bales then stick a crowbar in the ground to slide them off.
      Stack 6 high on the trailer then ride on top, hope you stacked them OK so they didn't fall off.
      Bands of hard skin across the palms from picking bales up, gloves were un-heard-of.
      The joys.

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    3. Thanks for telling us about your hay making times, Cumbrian. I always make sure I wear at least one glove when handling the bales. Some of them are really heavy from the dewy sloping areas.

      I have read tales about the dry stone wallers who use to put metholated spirits on their blisters - ouch!

      Four of us worked the five or six hours getting in. That was a man and woman in their fifties and two youths with opinions going on 60. Great hay memories made for them. Thanks!

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    1. I wouldn't doubt you for a second kind sir.

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  8. Good crop dave. Growing up we used to bale a lot of hay and straw. We used to deliver 6000 by hand to one farm alone!

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    1. 6000 bales is incredible Kev. It seems to be round bales of hay and silage and pit silage these days here in Ireland. You don't see many square bales being made.

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