Monday, August 31, 2015
The Back Field Fence and Hay Project
So far this Summer the fences I planned to get finished got severely stalled and now that it finally dried up enough to get started again I have had to work on emergency fencing not the stuff I had planned.
As you know the sheep finally figured out that if they suppressed their natural fear instinct and traveled to the very back of the hay field they could escape into the neighbors yard. So I been back there the last three days getting everything ready to put in the new section of fence.
I rolled up about 700 feet of smooth wire. I pulled up 30 some odd T-posts and laid a good strand of barbed wire to the side and today I brush hogged the field edge getting ready to put post holes in tomorrow.
Now I have to wait on the friggin government because there is a cable next to the gravel road that borders our property and of course right where I need to put in a corner post.
Since I had the brush hog out anyway and I am planning on mowing the Alfalfa field as soon as I get the post holes drilled with the diesel I decided to brush hog about a quarter portion of the hay field to see how much hay brush hogging rather than sickle mowing will yield up.
The problem is this hay field has not been taken care of the last few years. I had been giving all the hay off of it to my mother for her horses and the sheep and she had been letting her Ex cut it and bale it. Then last year he just decided it wasn't his so why bother without mentioning anything to me about it. The end result was it got roughly two years worth of weeds and trash growing in it and now my sickle mower won't really cut it well.
So I am going to try brush hogging it and then raking and baling that. I know the yield will be way down but anything is better than nothing I guess and frankly the field needs to be brush hogged a few times to get the trash weeds out of it. It probably needs to be disc'd and re-sown with some good grass too but I don't have the implements for that project yet.
I decided to do this brush hog hay experiment in sections too since so much Goldenrod has grown up out there and is almost ready to bloom. That way I can at least give the girls a huge Goldenrod crop to forage before I cut it down.
The sheep like weedy hay anyway.
Walking the section over after I mowed it made me raise my eyebrows a bit. There is a lot of nice hay cut there. It will be interesting to see what is left after I rake it up and how it comes back next year. A lot of stemmy weeds in there too though but the brush hog seems to do a better job chopping that stuff up than the sickle mower of course.
Sometimes it seems it's just three steps forward, two steps back around here though.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!