It’s Haying Time

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Another wagonload of hay heading to the barn.

Welcome to the Beidler Farm blog. Our intention is to give you the chance to get peeks of what takes place year round on our organic dairy farm. Please feel free to leave questions or comments if you’d like.

This time of year the cows spend their time outdoors, grazing and our focus is on putting up feed for winter. Over the course of the summer we do at least 3 cuttings of hay that will be fed to the cows over the winter and early spring. Here’s some photos of haying season which is now in full swing. We put up hay in two different forms. As large wrapped bales which look like large white marshmallows and in small square bales in the barn. Hay is mowed with a large mower, then tedded to spread it out to dry and then raked together so that the baler can follow windrows and make it into bales. Round bales take two days of sunshine to make since they don’t have to dry down as completely as small square bales which take 3 days of sunshine to complete.

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