Making Hay!

We just got finished with one of the best hay cuttings ever. This spring we have had some warm weather and plenty of rain. This made our hay fields flourish. When we are getting ready to cut hay, we watch the weather very closely. We pray for no rain the days after we cut, because we want the hay to dry slightly for silage and fully for bales.

Here is a video of Tim cutting hay:

After we cut hay we chop most of it to use as haylage feed in the winter. Chopped hay is put into a silage bag to ferment slightly. The fermentation process helps protect the nutritional value of the feed. We hire Danny each year to help with our harvest. Danny owns the correct equipment and always does a great job. You will hear Danny commenting that the weather is getting ahead of us. He means that the hot dry weather we are having is drying the hay faster than we would like. We need some moisture to aid in the fermentation.

Once the hay is chopped, we transfer it from the wagon into the silage bags.

Today, Tim baled the last of the hay. We will use small square bales to feed our calves.

God was really blessing this cutting. Tim parked the last wagon of bales in the shed at 4:30 p.m. At about 5:00 p.m. the rain started pouring down. This good soaking rain will get our fields growing again for second cutting in about six weeks.

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, http://www.zweberfarms.com

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