CSA 2015 Week 8 Round Bales and Jumping Goats

This afternoon we will be finishing up with the first round of haying. I’ll be heading over to my aunt and uncle’s house rake the hay into rows after we get all packed up for deliveries. There field is a little on the steep side which is fine for making round bales with. It is a little more intimidating to pull a square baler and hay wagon across an undulating side hill. The problem with round baling the field is more a matter of luck and a bit of operating skill. Round bales by their nature are in fact round. And if the baler happens to be pointed in slightly in the wrong direction its bye bye bale. The bottom of the field is bordered with trees so they bales can’t go far. But if they come from the top of the hill the speed built up can get them really lodged in between the trees. It is entertaining to watch them fly but that might not be worth the struggle of getting them out.

After that field is cleared out we will be moving our steers over there for the rest of the summer. We’ve been moving them around the house mowing the lawn for us while we were waiting for the field to open up. They are really good at munching down everything in their fence. These two havn’t been trained by the goats either. Meadow thinks it is because they have major oral fixations. They just mouth anything to find milk but only get tasty green stuff. With any luck they will stay good foragers and not debark trees like our older steers. They had goat training and while it makes for good eaters it makes it tough putting them around apple trees.

The apple trees that they debarked last winter are doing really well. The new graphs I put on this spring have all shot up 2 feet or more. It is just crazy how much energy these trees can put out through what looked like little twigs. Our fruit trees that we planted a 4 years ago are just starting to be able to put on that much growth in one year. Most of their time was spent growing out roots and freaking out that they got dug up and shipped across the state. They are finally starting to get tall enough that the roaming dear won’t take of the top leader. This should accelerate their growth a bit more. And we won’t have to worry as much about a rogue goat escape nearly as much.

We have one goat in particular that has been giving us trouble the past couple of days. We moved them up around the old pond two days ago. Their fence borders one of the diversion ditches that takes water away from our dooryard. We regraded it with the bulldozer before it headed off and that made a steep cliff of a few feet on one side. This goat would stand up on the edge of the cliff jump a good 5 to 6 feet over the ditch and the fence. At first I couldn’t figure out how she was getting out. This is one of the slow old goats that always is trouble when we are moving them for milking. So her making a grate leap didn’t seem that plausible. But then I notice where she was standing before looking and away. I look back and she is out again. I pulled the fence out another few feet and she hasn’t made it out since. Now I think she is just a con-artist. Putting on the old slow act so we won’t suspect her of ulterior motives. I’m not sure what the long con she is aiming for but I’ll be ready.

July 26th, 2015|

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