How we do it …

So some of you have been interested in how we handle the haying season. First, we cut it down, rake it and then we bale it up into small square 66 lb. bales. Okay, so all of that is just driving the tractor. We own one tractor that does it all. It is a Masey Fergenson 165. It runs a 9 foot sickle to mow the hay, a Vicon 4 wheel rake that windrows the hay and a International 440 Square wire tie baler that bales it. All this equipment is older then I am but it is what Mom knows so it is what we use.

The only other thing we use is a truck, 12 foot flatbed trailer and a pop up loader. Up until last year we didn’t have the pop up loader so we loaded everything by hand. I love that loader because it makes it so much easier to load hay with just me and Mom. I took the time today to put together a video that shows just how it all works. Check it out …

About young shepherd

When I was six years old my parents moved from the small town we lived in to the house my Dad grew up in. This move has had its ups and downs. For the most part I like it. I am home educated because sometimes I have to keep very weird hours but I get to do things that other kids don't. My parents have turned the farm into a bottle baby farm and a place for rescue animals to come while on the road to recovery. We nurse anything that people bring us. Hurt, injured or just rejected by their Moms. We have done goats, sheep, calves, pigs, kittens and puppies. We raise whatever anybody brings us. I like it when we get new little ones in and I want to be in the action. I have spent the night in the barn many times. To me, it is kind of fun. We are now taking on having our own babies. This year we had our first live birth on the farm. In the early months of 2011 I entered a contest that was held by Juniper Moon Farms and won the First ever Juniper Moon Farm Young Shepherd Award. Along with the award I won a small flock of Angora Goats. Since then we have started a Fiber farm and added sheep and alpacas to our mix too. Not to mention the rescue animals that now call this farm home. In my spare time I like to calf rope and ride my horse, go hunting, fishing, or camp out at our pond. I am active in the local 4-H Program. I started a 4-H Poultry Club and with them I built a Community Chicken Coop. I have had my horse since Christmas of 2009 and I have broke him and trained him to Calf Rope, team rope and Goat tie in the rodeos. You can see all of his awards on My horse page but his true job is here on the farm as a working horse.
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One Response to How we do it …

  1. sjanova says:

    Great video. I figured there was at least one other person there — though there’s enough work for three or four, I suspect. Thanks for all the work to share the process.

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