Friday, August 29, 2008

Haying Time

A couple weeks ago they started haying our back field. The end of July and a good part of August it seems as though it rained every day here in maine. The farmer was not able to hay because of the wet weather so harvest came late, I question the quality of the hay. As part of the deal when we bought this place we are to allow the previous owner (well..his farmer friend) to hay the field for 5 years, this is year #2... 3 to go. I tried to get him to agree on a 3 year deal but he did not go for it and I was willing to do anything to get this place.

The results were 45 round bales. Last year the going price around here was $60/bale.

I think they made out ok, that calculates out to $2,700. That is ok because I used those figures to put our land into farm land and it saved us about $1,000 on our taxes.

We kept two bales, not sure that is good enough for my goats to eat but it will make great bedding for the critters.

Davie Crockett?

My brother in-law built this door, isn't is sweet? Maybe I can get my Maine Man to build me one. I'll give credits to farm mom for helping me pick out a screen name for John, don't ya like it?


Anonymous said...

Will you make hay when the time is up? It looks like a good piece of land but hand cutting it would be a drag.

frugalmom said...

Great new screen name! Good job on that Angie!

I was gonna ask the same thing...what happens when the farmer no longer bales the hay? Will you just do it then?

goatgirl said...

I use hay like that so the goats have something to munch on and then they lay on what they don't eat. I would have made the same deal to get that beautiful farm and by the time the five years is up you'll have more animals that need hay. Right?

Anonymous said...

I am glad we have been able to get hay but we haven't had much rain this summer but we got our rain this week though! We don't use round bales here.

Anonymous said...

LOL! Finally! Someone appreciates my quirky sense of humor! hehe! Happy to help out! (The question is, what does HE think of it?!) :)

Amy said...

I love the door! Can I borrow your Maine Man? I'm wearing out my Buckeye Boy with all my projects! I love to see those big rolls of hay in the fields around here. I have no idea what they sell for here in NW Ohio though. If I find out, I'll let ya know.

Farmchick said...

Hi~ I was just blog hopping and I found my way to you. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Stop over and visit me sometime and please let me know you were there!!