Hay Delivery

The backbone of any farm operation, small, medium, or large, is hay. If you have 4 hoofed animals, you need to have hay. And, if you don’t have the land to cut and bale it yourself, then you have to buy it. Thankfully, the person I bought from could deliver it too! Sunday was delivery day…

Woohoo! The hay truck just puuled up!

Woohoo! The hay truck just pulled up!

That’s 25 medium square bales, weighing in at an average of 800 lbs each. Yes, I bought 20,000 lbs of hay!

Unloading. Trying to get it off the truck asap...then it can be stacke where needed without making the guy wait.

Unloading. Trying to get it off the truck asap…then it can be stacked where needed without making the guy wait.

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Stacking...doesn't look like much when it's stacked!

Stacking…doesn’t look like much when it’s stacked!

Like I said above, it’s 20,000 lbs. We have 2 horse coming that will be eating this, at roughly 50 lbs a day, so we have enough for about 400 days. Now that 50 lbs a day is a guesstimate, based on body weight…the rough formula is 2% of body weight per day in roughage (hay or grass). The girls-whom I will have pictures of, and full story about in a later blog post-are paints, and my guess is they are about 1100 pounds +/- a few pounds. So 2% of 1100 = 22 lbs*2 horses, gives us 44 lbs a day. And, there is always some waste! Like it or not, when an animal eats without hands waste happens. 🙂

Of course, this is all ball park. The girls may need more, or less. We’ll keep an eye on them, and make sure they are holding weight well, and healthy, if not, we’ll add extras with extra hay. Always better to have more hay than you need, than less. I would hate to run out mid-March, when there is nothing left available, and be just that close to pasture growing…this way, we have enough to last the 6-7 months before the pastures is green and ready.

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5 thoughts on “Hay Delivery

  1. Shay says:

    Can’t wait to see pictures of the girls!

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  2. gail cavanaugh says:

    yay hay!

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  3. Toosh says:

    Wow that’s an impressive delivery, and the fun of getting to use the tractor! Love the prairie sky in each photo.You really are making the most of your time on the farm already, you’ve done so much with your space.

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  4. Teresa says:

    It’s always wise to be over-prepared.

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  5. Amanda says:

    Have you ever seen Mrs. Volfie? Her no nonsense, get it done attitude always reminds me of you 🙂 I thought I’d share a link if you’re interested. Lots of homesteading tips!

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMrsVolfie

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