Thursday, August 18, 2016
Sheep Nibble. Horses Rip
Was a long day today and I used every bit of daylight I had and then all of the evening into dusk pushing to get as much mowing finished as possible. For the first time in months I am almost completely caught up on mowing except for a little trimming yet to do and some major weed control around some buildings that is going to have to be done with a hand scythe. No way I can get the brush hog in close enough and it's too thick for the smaller riding mowers.
The motto of the day was "All hands on deck" as there was a job for everyone this fine day. I put my Dad on one lawn tractor, my Mother on the other one and my son with the weedeater as I ran the brush hog. I was about halfway finished with the front pasture when I remembered to take a couple pictures of the overgrown, weed choked mess that pasture had become.
A curious thing though I did notice. Honey Bees LOVE Jimson Weed blooms. Up until this year I never allowed it to bloom so much to see honey bees working the flowers but they have been all over it the last two months.
Above is the trumpet-like flower and below is the seed pod when opened and dropping the seeds.
I swiped those pics from Wikipedia so you would know what I am talking about. It's a pretty interesting plant and is actually cultivated for medicinal purposes in places but it can be deadly to livestock if eaten and will shade out more desirable plants and grass if left to grow. All the other weeds the sheep will take care of on their own but this one I needed to get cut before the seed pods ripened.
Here's a shot toward the neighbors after I got the field mowed. The one spot of tall stuff on the right is actually around a concrete pad that I think originally held an old grain silo. My plan is to cover it for shade as a shelter when I fence this section in for the sheep. The spot on the left is around the loafing shed where I will have to cut it with a hand sickle.
And here I exposed the old equipment/loafing shed and can now see one of the useless horses hanging out in there. I actually had to gently nudge one of the pain in the ass horses out of my way with the weed guard of the tractor this afternoon because it wouldn't move. It just stood there looking at me like "I dare ya". The horses really hate it when I am on the big loud iron horse because they know I will run into them if they don't move. Still they have to try and test me every chance they get.
So day one of the great hay gamble is done with no rain and the top is actually drying nicely. I am going to try turning it over tomorrow late afternoon or early evening and shooting for baling it Friday. Slight chance of rain tomorrow and so far they are saying 20% for late Friday....
Haven't come up snake eyes yet...
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!