The First Cutting of Hay

First Cutting

David backed the swather out of the barn today to cut the first crop of hay. I enjoyed watching him prepare the machine this year. It’s been a long time since we’ve had our own hay to cut. The drought has drug on for far too long.

We have received some much needed rain this summer. Every tenth of an inch is a blessing from Heaven. We are thankful for this first cutting of hay and hope there is still another to come.

We are excited at the prospect of owning more land. We just hope that it will produce more hay than we need and we can sell it to help offset the cost of actually purchasing the land. It breaks my heart that so many young adults have no interest in keeping the family farm or ranch going. It’s hard work but it is such rewarding work. We enjoy just sitting on the fence and looking at the cattle grazing and the calves running, tails high in the air, in the spring cooled evenings. There is just something satisfying about watching something that you have worked so hard for grow and continue. I won’t lie, it’s hard work and it’s heart wrenching at times but the good outweigh the bad.

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