Haying the pastures

It’s mid- July.

It’s hot with no rain in sight.

It’s time for hay!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Our wonderful neighbors to the south have lots of tall, stout, mountain horses that are used to hunt in the backcountry during the fall. So they have big winter hay needs. And they have haying equipment.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

We just have one fat little Jersey and her very fat 18 month old calf. (Phil is not really interested in anything but momma yet. He just has a nibble of grass here and there.) So we have a deal with our equipment- wielding, hay- needing neighbors. They hay our fields; they keep 60%, we keep 40%. Perfect barter.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

This year our hay was REALLY tall. And thick. And lush. A couple of days ago I walked through the tallest portions of our pastures and the hay was up to my shoulders! I’m pretty tall for a girl (5’11- ish). So all that rain paid off! (Hummph. I will know better next year, not to gripe about “all that rain”.)

Our share will be almost 6 tons!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Now I know that 15.2 tons from a 10 acre plot of land isn’t a very good ratio for those farmer/ ranchers who live south and east of us, but out here where we usually only receive 30 inches of moisture a year (including snow), 15 tons is GREAT from 10 acres! If we received any measurable rain in July or August or if we irrigated, we could get a second cutting. But neither of these happen. So I’ll just take my little 6 tons and do the happy dance!

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I know Maisy is dancing. Here she’s just pretending to drink this water. When in reality, she is doing a fat, little Jersey dance!

At least on the inside.

Paradise~ just north of nowhere.

 

Today’s count: 38 eggs. 2 gallons of milk

What’s for supper: Marinated pork steaks and salad with homemade ranch dressing~ a fav.

Weather:  Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the morning. Tonight clear, with a low around 50. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

 

 

 

6 thoughts

  1. It is always so nice when the hay is done before the rain rolls in. Alfalfa is raised in our valley. Love hearing how many eggs you get. We no longer have chickens. In CA organic farm raised eggs are $5.00 or higher a dozen. Your eggs are like the gold at the end of the rainbow. Miss the family cow. It’s been 45 years since we had our Jersey. Fresh milk, butter and cream. Sigh! Our July mornings are started with running the wood splitter. Thanks for sharing you daily goings on.

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    • I know! Getting the hay all tucked up in the barn for the winter feels like money in the bank. Our whole farm benefits from our eggs. The chickens poo EVERYWHERE (much to my husband’s chagrin) and I have to protect my precious bedding plants from their scratching, but I think it’s worth it. And Maisy milk too! All the animals (kids, chickens and piglets) are becoming fat and sassy from Maisy milk!
      I wish we had a wood burner. Are you guys chilly enough to need a fire in the mornings already or are you preparing for winter?

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  2. This city girl always loves hearing (reading) about life up there in “Nowhere” land!! Everything sounds exciting! Just got back from ocean life, back to the city life and reading about the mountain/farming life. What a life! Love to all!! What’s up with the piggies lives?!

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  3. At 3,000″ it cools down nicely at night. Our days have been the high 90’s. The wood s for winter when we have freezing temps and snow. Most nights in the winter will be in the 20’s and sometimes the teens Our horses have provided manure for our garden for years, it does make great soil.Google Scott Valley, Siskiyou County, CA for a look at our Valley. We are between Etna and Fort Jones, CA I smile when I read what’s for dinner. Always sounds so good.

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    • Hi Bev~ Your weather sounds like ours right now. But our winters seem a bit colder. Low’s in the 20s is doable. Do you have a lot of wind?
      My husband had several fat little ponies when he was growing up but I really don’t know too much about horses. We don’t have any now but all of our neighbors do. You’d think I’d learn a thing or two from our “surrounding Herd”. 🙂
      I ‘m going to search for your town tonight before bed. Scott Valley sounds nice…..
      Talk to you again soon!

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