Hay!

Every year I stress about hay, how much will I need, when can I get it, can I fit it all in.  This year was more stressful than most.  I need about 500 bales to feed our 4 horses and 4 goats over the winter and just in case the pastures dry up.   We missed the first cutting from my hay supplier as we were out of town.  We were able to get one load of 140 bales from the second cutting and were lucky to get that as we were in a drought at that time and didn’t know how his subsequent cuttings would fare.  Then it rained, and rained and rained.  We were on deck to get another couple loads which ended up getting rained on.  Finally, last week we got 2 loads of 140 bales each and now I can breathe a sigh of relief.  I could still use about 70 more bales to give me some wiggle room if the pasture dries up early this fall, but I don’t think it’ll be a problem to get it.  When you find a good hay supplier you don’t want to be looking for hay elsewhere.  My hay guy grows the best Bermuda, my horses love it, and he tries very hard to take good care of us, so I’m very thankful to have him!  Me, my son, daughter and her fiancee can unload a trailer full in about 30 minutes or so.  It’s hard work but good work and we have fun with it.  A barn full of hay is such a relief!!