You Load 18 tons

IMG_3029What do you get?

IMG_3032Three days older

IMG_3033And deeper in debt.

IMG_3036Saint Peter don’t you call me

IMG_3037Cause I can’t go.

IMG_3038I owe my soul to Wells Fargo.

IMG_3039($4,000 worth of hay stacked over the last 3 days)


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12 Responses to You Load 18 tons

  1. mcfwriter says:

    I don’t envy the stacking, but I do envy the hay. It looks nice and green, and good to have such a great storage area (great price when you buy that much!). I’ve been supplementing lately and the bales are all first cutting yet; awful straw-like and with lots of seed heads (timothy) even though I am buying orchard grass. Second cutting should be here soon. Now to find someone who can deliver a ton or two of decent hay for a reasonable price.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Maureen! It is nice hay but still roughly $9 per bale, not cheap. But no straw or seeds that I can see. Good luck in your search for good hay.

      • mcfwriter says:

        I think $9 a bale is a steal!! I bought nearly two tons of local 3rd cutting grass hay last year and spent $750. It turned out to be junk, and at least 50% ended up in the compost. It didn’t even last six months (only nine sheep!) and I was back to buying the $22.50 bales at the local feed store. An excellent product, and only two bales a week compared to five of the junk, but the price ends up being the same (just a lot less labor hauling wasted hay every weekend). I’d be ecstatic
        to find something that nice at $15 a bale.

      • Donna says:

        Glad we got a good price then. I hope it lasts. Good luck finding yours!

  2. At least you don’t owe your soul to the company store, meaning you had to buy all your living supplies on credit at exorbitant rates and ridiculous prices. Also, hay is easier to deal with than coal.

    • Donna says:

      I agree Wells Fargo has better rates than the company store and hay does not have dangerous dust usually. But it is still REALLY hard work stacking 18 tons of hay by hand.

  3. Teresa says:

    Hay prices are crazy right now. I’m so grateful I can make my own now instead of buying it. It looks like great quality!

    • Donna says:

      You are right Teresa. We bought less hay this year since the prices went up. I wish we could make our own. We keep talking about buying more land so we can do our own.

  4. sheepsclothing says:

    that looks like lovely hay! feels good to have it put away and know that you’re set, doesn’t it? I just got some pretty nice hay from up by Lynden. think I did better this year. the boys have done some sampling and seem to approve! Where did you keep all that hay before you built the loft in the barn?

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Denise! A few of the bales were a little moist but the rest looks really good. Before we would stack the hay in half the barn and try to protect it with hog panels, chicken wire and tarps from the critters. Glad you have sheep-approved hay.

  5. Tammy says:

    Allot of hard work, (and money!) but beautiful hay and a sense of accomplishment. I always like to have my barn full of hay. Trying to hold out for a fall crop here, since I had such awful hay last year due to the drought. It’s getting awful dry though and I may have to break down and buy first cutting.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Tammy! It is a nice feeling to know you have a winter’s worth of feed stored. Ours is second cutting so hopefully you can find some too. Our hay last year was not as good.

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