June 24, 2023

Cutting and Preparing Our Hay Crop for Baling

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, the weather these last couple of weeks has been pleasantly warm, dry, sunny, with light breezes - perfect conditions for cutting, tedding, raking, and baling hay.

One of my objectives at my farm has always been to practice self-sufficiency. When I moved here, I designated three separate areas as hayfields, so I could grow lots and lots of delicious, nutritious hay for my horses and donkeys. I planted the fields with a mixture of timothy, orchard grass, and forage fescue - a quality custom seed blend from Hancock Farm & Seed Company in Dade City, Florida. This year, we have a bumper crop and the fields are ready for the first cut of the season.

Enjoy these photos.