Hay Dump


Hay Delivery

Some of our hay got delivered in a rather unique way this year – in a green dumpster roll off. It got here. The bales were quite ripped. Had it been earlier in the year then this would have been a major problem but now that it is so cold the issue is minimized. I’ll use the most ripped bales first.

On a positive note the dumper truck was able to unload the bales a lot faster than I can do with my chain and bucket or even a bale grabber.

The red dump truck on the right is ours. It ran fine the last time I tried it. It is for sale as it is bigger than I need. If you’re interested let me know. You will probably need to tow it as it has not been on the road for years and is not registerable due to a crack in the windshield and hole in the floor boards. It has character.

Outdoors: 22°F/8°F 3″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/61°F

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14 Responses to Hay Dump

  1. Zach says:

    Old big trucks always fascinated me. Would it be possible to get some more pictures of your old truck?

  2. Jessie says:

    Hello Jeffries Family. Is the new banner a picture of the greenhouse you have been building? It looks like the pigs are enjoying it. ~Jessie

  3. Teresa says:

    It is such a great feeling to have plenty of hay. This is the first year I’ve been able to have all my own with extra to sell instead of buying it.

    • Aye, lots of hay in stock is gooood. We’re working on eventually having our own hay fields but for now buy in winter hay. It is our second largest farm expense. The one advantage of buying in hay is we’re importing nutrients to our nutrient poor soil.

  4. Michael says:

    Walter, you need a favicon.
    I’m trying to make maximum use of my bookmarks toolbar and yours is one of the few that show as a blank icon.
    Thanks

  5. Art Blomquist says:

    Merry Christmas Walter. They best to you and yours. I like those plastic wrapped bales. Some of the Farmers here line them up alongs side driveways to act as snow fences. Looks like a row of giant marshmallows. Hope your Hosting site gets their act together..

  6. Darren Allen says:

    Walter,
    Is the hay your feeding the pigs haylage or silage. Some dealers around here call their silage baylage.

    • I believe the proper term for what we use is haylage. What we like best is on the drier side. The farmers who make it tell me it is around 80% moisture content. That seems high but I’m not a hay expert. To the touch it feels dry. It smells slightly sweet and alcohol. I have gotten fresh bailed haylage – neither the animals nor I liked that. I’ve gotten haylage that was much wetter than our usual hay, in fact I have some this year. It is better than nothing but the drier haylage is far better. Unfortunately the terminology is not very standard and is used very loosely. What I have learned is I need to buy a few bales, then a load before I get established buying more with a farmer. I simply need to know what he produces. Best is to work with the farmers I’ve bought hay with for years as they know what I need and I know what they deliver, year in and year out.

      I’ll get some photos of the various hays and do a post. That might be useful for other people to see.

  7. Darren Allen says:

    Thanks Walter,
    Also talked to a grain rep today and asked him what another farmer noted about pigs eating hay. This grain dealer said they (pigs) have a hard time digesting it. Now I have purchased a TON (no pun) of grain from his company and told him that its just not sustainable for me to keep doing so. He said you can try the hay, but you wont like the results. I understand he is trying to sell his product but he has never actually tried to feed the pigs haylage before. As grain hit 12$ a 50 LBS bag, Im trying the haylage. Thanks for your help.

    • Do note that it is not as simple as just feeding hay and that pigs need time to adapt to pasture. Do read the posts in the Feeding tags as there are a lot of little details. What we do works for us but I wouldn’t tell someone to just stop buying grain. If for no other reason their pigs are going to need time to learn to eat other feeds and to digest them. In particular see the article on Feeding Hay. That’s a good starting point but also read the others before you make big changes.

  8. Darren Allen says:

    Walter,
    Our pigs mostly forage in the summer months and I do still buy grain but I am hoping seriously cut back on grain, but still use it. (we now buy from a local grain producer, not one in NY). I understand they will need time to adapt. Its like you or I coming from a strictly McDonalds diet to a home cooked diet.

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