I loved hay-making as a girl. We put thousands of small square bales in our haybarn in order to feed our 50 cows, as well as the youngstock, all winter long. Things have changed some since I was a girl, but I can certainly say that my children share the same love of making hay that I did at that age.
If you interviewed 10 farmers about how they make hay, you’d get 10 different answers. There isn’t necessarily a best way, it is just that every farm finds what fits best for them. Small square bales, round bales, custom bales, baleage, haylage…..whatever you call it….everybody is just trying to store hay to be fed all year long. This is how we do it at Ocheda Dairy.
Then, we let it dry. The term “Hay in a Day” refers to being able to mow a field one day, let it dry for about 4-24 hours and then come back to merge and chop that hay. It is a great way to be able to plan harvest and avoid rain showers. We have been using this method for a few years.
We just bought a new chopper! It was made in Germany, but unfortunately we weren’t invited to watch it being made at the factory. A girl can dream.
There is some super-neat technology on the chopper. One of them is a metal detector. The chopper immediately stops chopping if it detects metal because we obviously can’t feed that to our cows.
Some of the best farm memories!