Thursday, August 15, 2013

Farm Notes August 13

Last week we were happy to receive a few loads of high quality organic alfalfa/brome grass hay from a local farmer for the dairy cows.  This hay will be used to make milk through the coming winter.  We are very blessed to have a trustworthy organic farmer that is willing to provide this quality hay for us at a fair price.  This hay didn't get rained on at all before it was baled, so it should stay fresh and nutritious for the cows until spring.
 
 

 
Your farmer,
 
Peter

3 comments:

Graham Donahue said...

Finding good quaily hay that has not been rained on (with round bales anyway) is hard to find. It sounds like you have a good source. I have been able to get pretty good hay here too. I am trying to do more stockpile grazing though, as feeding too much hay will make you go broke! We have been blessed with a good grass year. It hasn't stopped growing.

Graham

Peter said...

Thanks for the comment, Graham. Stockpiling grazing for the winter season is something I'm learning to do as well. It is a balancing act for me since I have a number of dairy cows to keep in milk, and I don't think they would do too well producing milk on forage from the snowbanks.

Thanks again for the comment!

Peter

Graham Donahue said...

I am sure it is harder to do with dairy, especially in a northern climate. But I am sure there are people doing it. I guess the best system is a combination of the two. Proper balance is always good, but often hard to achieve.

Graham