Thursday, August 30, 2012

Extra-large Green Please. (Part 1 of 2)


If we may believe our logicians,
man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.
             Joseph Addison

Butt Why?

I spent an hour and a half baling a hay field that had been raked by my friend J. I honestly could not see the two rows raked together as it was so thin. We have cut and baled this huge hayfield along with other poor hayfields to feed now. The drought has made for different ways of thinking and doing and we have to make sure our cows are getting enough to eat. I drive around and around watching as the sun starts to drop lower in the sky and the shadows from the trees are cast on the ground. I keep going all the time wondering why I am bothering baling such a poor hayfield.


Our cows have been walking and searching the two farms looking for every piece of grass that springs from the dry ground. They have managed to find some, and there is more especially in the wet lands but they are getting a little picky now or should I say lazy and spoiled.

 Once we started delivering nice round bales of second cut fragrant Alfalfa and Timothy hay they figured, why should they go and forage for food when all they have to do is stand and wait. I liken it to my questioning after a hard day, why I should cook a meal when I could just pick up the phone and order pizza (OK I live in the country, that does not happen, but I would do it). A nice delivery man will bring it right to the door and ask “Did someone order an extra- large Pepperoni?” Then we would all chow down as they say. Easy!


Every day at 3pm the cows look in my big back window and just stand there, I really do think if they had a phone, my phone would be ringing on the counter; I would pick it up and hear “Extra Large Green Please”. “Moo!” These photos were at 3pm on Tuesday. Can you see the smiles? Darn lazy cows.

 This evening I drive around and round this field watching the pickup of the baler pickup the thin rows of grass, throwing it in to be added with the rest twirling inside the baler. I drive and I drive admiring the view. A hawk flies over the field distracting my thoughts of driving in circles with no results. Those shadows cast by the setting sun make me want to jump out of this tractor and grab some photos but I keep going. Finally, a bale I tie this one, as we do need a few in case of emergency on the farm in the winter. You should always have some second cut to bribe them later.

I finished baling this field and look at the two measly bales I managed to squeeze out of this field. At least I managed to get a couple of interesting photos. My Hero will be cutting another one of those thin hayfields tonight.


 See you tomorrow at 3pm girls. A tip would be nice.

Later

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29 comments:

  1. Yes, our neighbor has lots of cows and sometimes I think they think they are human! They stand out at the fence, waiting for someone to come out the door. Sometimes I throw them apples or pears that have fallen to the ground. Why waste food, right?
    Thanks for sharing your great photos!

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  2. ohhh look at all those cow butts :)

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  3. There's always next year as they say. :)

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  4. I like the pictures of your happy cows! That hay looks sooo good. I hope next year is much better for you...and for them!

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  5. You mean those cows don't tip for all your hard work? How rude!

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  6. Our second cut was thin too. Didn't bother to rake it thought as the ground is dry already and the hay thin, so the wind just blew through it. They ( cows) do get lazy don't they? Natural for us all I guess.

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  7. They certainly look happy!

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  8. Wonderful post and photos of your cows ~ wishing for you what you wish for yourself ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. Cow posts are always number one in my book!

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  10. I really hope we have a better summer next year. Last year it was too much rain; this year not enough.

    http://theapels.blogspot.com/2012/08/three-books-ill-never-throw-away.html

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  11. spoiled and lazy, but you love them. i know this is hard on you.

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  12. I am praying that next year will be a better one for us all. I know that my farmer friends are suffering the most of all because of the drought.

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  13. "man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter."

    I love this.

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  14. Surely this drought is going to break soon. I'm glad you are getting some hay, even though it is nothing compared to normal.

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  15. You find humor in the face of diverse conditions..not sure If I wanted to cry at the drought situation of the year or laugh about the cows looking through window at 3pm.....I applaud you ...for well.... being you....
    ~~Blessings~~

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  16. Our animals sure know how to "train" us, don't they?!? :)

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  17. ((hugs)) you have done what you can do - and those curly haired beasts love you for it!

    when we went to town for groceries, there was about a half of a square bale on the side of the road that must have fallen off of a mower - i wanted to stop and fill the back of my truck with it - but i know the someone who dumped that will be back to get it, so i didnt. such a hard hard year...

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  18. Button, these is better than a Victoria's Secrets catalog. Now, THAT'S some great tush!

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  19. So much hard work! And, such a scant bounty of hay at this point that I feel sorry for the cows. How funny that they picked up on you feeding them instead of them fending for themselves, and that you are glad they don't have a phone! :-)

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  20. Lol @ Introverted Art's comment. Great shots, love the sun setting through the trees and the cows. I just love them!

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  21. The lack of water has everyone scratching.

    Cows are creatures of habit, and so are we. lol

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  22. The drought has finally ended for us but too late for many of the cornfields. We are expecting rain tonight leftover from hurricane Isaac. What will you feed them this winter if you use the hay now? Lovely butt pic btw! Funny!

    Cindy Bee

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  23. So, did the cows leave you a tip? :)

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  24. i could tell they were smiling...by the tail wagging butts! =)

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  25. I just hate what the drought has done. My pasture is still feeding my livestock, but I'm going to have to buy some hay for the winter. I am lucky because I already have that arranged.

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  26. You mean, they will at least pretend to look for food?? My critters line up at the gate starting at 3pm and moan pathetically until someone arrives with grain. My neighbors always wonder why I don't feed them enough. They have free access hay 24 hours a day!!!! Stevie@ruffledfeathersandspilledmik.com

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  27. It made me laugh just to come for a visit and see cow bums....hahhahha...thanks for that......

    hugs, V.

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  28. As one who has to buy hay I just know because of the lack of rain the price is going to go sky high.

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