Hay Days on the Farm
When the sun shines, farmers make hay! When the clouds are out and the rain comes down, there is no hay.
Mom and me have been living on a small family-owned cow farm in upstate New York. Mom (Jennifer) is originally from New York and the farm is close to her high school friends and family - which is a lot of fun! It’s not a large farm, with just over 20 cows, 2 goats, a flock of egg-laying chickens, two extremely spoiled barn cats, and another pup named Mercedes (she’s my bestie!)
I really love living on the farm! The smells! There is a HUGE lawn with soft grass. We even have access to a walking trail that goes along the old Erie Canal (verse the modern one used today.) Would really love to talk more about this, it’s really cool, but not today. Today I want to share with you why we have been really quiet.
It has everything to do with making sure the cows have enough food to eat! Unlike dogs, you can’t just go to the store to buy a bag of food. Well, mom just said, yes, you can, BUT it’s not everything they need to be really healthy and happy.
What makes a cow happy = really yummy hay!
Now, I’ve since learned not all hay is equal, just like dog food. Some is of higher quality and some of less quality. I’m not really qualified to go into great detail, learning as we go, but you can find more information HERE.
Back to why we’ve been really quiet for about a week, and it has everything to do with hay! Because we’ve had a wet spring, local farmers have not been able to drive their tractors across their fields. Furthermore, you also do not want to cut wet hay because it won’t dry.
Wet hay = icky hay!
Normally farmers are able to cut and deliver fresh hay to customers in May-June, but this year, it was not until recently, as in the last week! No sooner that it officially became Summer, farmers who harvest hay have been working around the clock on all the warm dry sunny days to cut and deliver hay to farms like ours, and others all around us.
When the hay wagon comes, it’s ALL HANDS ON DECK!
This is where it’s not so bad being a pup! When there’s a hay delivery, I get out of the heavy lifting, but not mom. She’s been helping our farm family unload and stack hay on the daily. In addition, she also helps out with daily farm chores. For a little over a week, she’s been pretty busy, but with 500+ bails of hay delivered and stacked - she’s able to lend me a paw with writing my story again.
If you are curious about my life on the farm and living in upstate New York, you should ask me questions! I know this is a short post. We catching up, excited for the coming holiday, and hoping the weather continues to stay sunny and dry!