We are new to this farming thing. Well, I spent a ton of time on family farms growing up, but you don’t, as a kid, pay attention to all the things needed to run a farm. Now, I’m paying attention.
We’ve been here just over a month now, and with promises of a horse for The Kid, comes the need for hay. Finding hay locally has been a bit of a challenge. Most people with hay to sell are out by now…it is October already! Those who do still have hay have wild grass bales…cut from the ditch along the highway. I’m leery of those for horses. Any insight from other farmers out there? Could you, or would you, feed these bales to horses? Oh, and nearly everything left is round bales.
Which puts me in a different situation. Even with delivery, I have to be able to get those bales off the trailer. Round bales go from 1200-1800 lbs…yeah, so I need a tractor. See the dilemma here? To get horses (and a cow, hopefully!), I need hay, to get hay, I need a tractor to unload the hay.
Now for the fun part. In order to get a tractor, I need the proceeds from the sale of the city house to come through. *sigh* That takes time. Typically, 2 to 3 weeks. We’re at the 2 week point, time for hay is getting short, and the money may take another week yet.
We’ll get there, though. I did find someone with medium square bales for sale-those run 800 lbs-and I’m checking local landscaping places to see if I can rent a guy and a bobcat for a day, to un-load some hay. Sometimes, you have to think outside the box to get things done. 😉