This time of year farmers work from before sunrise to long after sunset to take advantage of the nice weather. Right now farmers and ranchers are cutting their green grass to make hay bales to be feed for their livestock. Each summer it's our goal to make enough to feed to our cattle during the winter months when the pastures are covered in snow and ice. That way our cows have plenty to eat to get them through the cold miserable winter (yuck, I don't even want to think about winter!).
On my family's farm we make round bales and square bales. The round bales are fed to the cattle out in the pasture. We start feeding round bales when the pasture grass is done growing for the year, just before the snow hits the ground. The big round bales are placed in a special round bale feeder so the cows can stick their heads through and devourer! The number of cows out in the pasture depends how many bales we put out. We watch it carefully so that the cows always have enough hay.
|This is the machine that picks up the cut hay and makes it into a round bale.|
|The square baler picks up the hay, kicks it into the wagon. We then unload the hay into the hay mow. Sorry for such an old photo.|
We put a lot of time, effort and sweat into making sure our cows have plenty to eat throughout the year. It's more then a job, it's a way of life I wouldn't trade for the world! Working on the farm has distilled a strong work ethic into me and I'm proud that has carried into my professional career.