It has always been our wish to grow our own hay - and part of the crazy adventure we are partaking was the desire to see our animals peacefully foraging, and not have to worry about what they are eating. There is plenty to worry about when you have to buy your hay, whether it is grass hay or alfalfa: what has the grower been spraying it with?; what was the neighbor spraying?; was it round-up-ready? Was it "conditioned"? Did the grower use preservatives?.... and last and not least How much did you say that bale costs??........
Now they can just happily fill up on organically grown grasses - no synthetic fertilizers - we are converting sunshine into horse power, wool, and lavender, meanwhile improving the soil and habitat while we are at it. How sweet can it be.
So, we are actually a little proud today to have our first hay for which we did everything ourselves with our own equipment, and on our own timeline.......... uh maybe not that last one..... We had to beat the weather, rain in the forecast, but luckily just enough dry days and sunshine to get it inside in time - mowed - dried - square baled - and put away - Yeah!
Now next time it will be with horses....... Even better!