Hay-making history

My story is like last week; we need better hay-making weather. The hay that I had cut a week ago on Friday was baled up this Friday and for the first time in my history of hay making, we were leaving ruts in the field. After checking the weather forecast and seeing all the water in the fields, the decision to not cut is easy. It bothers me though. I think we are programmed to make hay right now. July is normally one of our driest months. This time of the year we should not have to wear rubber boots in our barn yards, but trust me you need rubbers. I have mentioned before that sheep and goats do not like a muddy yard but there is little I can do to help that.

Marlee’s 4-H heifer is still battling cellulitis but does seem to be making some improvement after a whole week of needling. So, I am not the only miserable one at home!

Sunday morning our 4-H Beef club gathered at the Caul / Chartier Farm where they hosted our club fun-day. It was a really great day. Aaron Bujold did an excellent job of clipping a nice Charolais Calf (Melvin) for Ryker Chartier. Ryker isn’t in 4-H yet, but he will be bringing Melvin to the Fair. I was very proud of all our members and their animals. It was such a great day, and our potluck lunch was awesome. I love seeing parents and grandparents, and it is a lot easier to visit on a quieter day such as this as fair time is often very busy. The Fun-Day was good for me personally, as I have been having a hard time getting myself prepared for the fair, which is usually a highlight for me. I was blaming it on having a couple of years off because of COVID and the fact I am upset about not making hay. I think I just needed to be around our great 4-H members and the cattle. Thanks again to the Cauls / Chartiers for allowing us to take over the farm and home!

Marcus Powlowski was in the District last week and took the time to stop in and talk about agriculture. I really appreciate him reaching out and being willing to listen. We all know we always have something to talk about!

Our Research Station baby has arrived! Katie was off last week not feeling all that great and on Saturday morning her and Brayden welcomed their beautiful little girl – Brinley Ann. She was 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 21 inches long. Kennah and I will have a new staffer joining us this week; Bradley Teeple who will be working part-time at the abattoir and part-time with us! We are excited about both the baby and Bradley!

I am off to Guelph again this week and feel bad leaving my mom in charge of the heifer that needs care morning and night, but it sounds like she has a great helper – Charlie, my vet cousin’s daughter! Things are in good hands!

Remember – we hope you will join us next Thursday, August 4 for the Soil & Crop Tour and Research Station Open House!