6 thoughts on “Hey, Make Hay!

  1. I live in a hay pasture. In the past, we have been able to bale two times (sometimes three) during the spring and summer and get plenty of hay. The last couple of years we have been able to cut and bale once – due to the drought. Our pasture is almost gone. Grass is dead, but hopefully it will come back from seed if we get some rain. Last spring we had a good crop of early clover, but that was our only cutting. We sold all our hay to neighbors and friends with livestock, but little land. Last year we pastured seven other horses on our land for people who had no hay and no grass. Many of our rancher buddies went completely out of the cattle/horse (and deer ranching) business due to the drought. Times are rough.

    • Not quite that bad here, but close. Some of the casual horse owners (those with one or two and a few acres) have just been turning their animals loose because there’s no grass on their land, and they can’t afford to buy hay.

      We did just get a good rain, like Kristen said, but we need more than one episode. A couple of inches a month for the next 3-4 months would be a Godsend.

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