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Most all the hay will be for our cattle. We do some sq bales of orchard grass for 2nd cutting for some long time customers. Usually 1-2,000 sq bales. Just depends on the year and the yield. Most fields will make 50 sq bales to the acre if the 2nd growth is decent so it doesn't take long to make 1,000 sq bales. We have a couple of people that come get it right off the wagons in the field... and there are 3 or 4 customers that we have delivered sq bales to them for over 20 years. They are all pretty close together about 1 1/2 hrs away... so we take a flat trailer of 200 or so and deliver at 2-4 places. One place the kids are grown and gone and there are only 2 retired old horses there now... Attrition changes the delivery. But another that just started a few years ago, has 3 in 4-H now and a couple more horses, so you change where and who gets how many. We are not taking on any new customers.... and with things the way they are this year with grain and other prices so high.... we will feed more hay and less concentrates. Cattle may not do quite as good, or gain as fast, but you have to make it pencil out too.
We have sold some big round bales in the past. But then we have also bought some too. The guy we custom make for, bought some more cows a year ago and now his hay does not stretch to feed all he has. He bought over 50 last year from us. The costs this year are going to make it prohibitive to buy much hay. We are figuring that in COSTS alone... NOT paying us any wages... but in fertilizer, fuel, twine, taxes and land payments or rent, depreciation and breakdown average... a 5x5 round bale is going to cost OVER $65 just to make it. There will be people selling it for less and we may buy some. But it will not be a positive economic deal for these guys that are selling the 4x5 rolls for $40.
If you have to irrigate then it is going to put the cost of hay through the stratosphere.
 

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When you figure in all the costs, and then possible replacement costs of equipment, plus maybe the farmer's age, he probably figured that he couldn't afford to make hay anymore. Yes, that is alot of hay going to waste so to speak. But if the farm is in a good spot, it will get sold to split up for "mini estates and such" and then the price of the acreage is not so high.
For just straight ag land, it is high, but if it includes a nice house, then that is in line with what things here are bringing....If some one is willing to pay 4-700,000 for a house on 3-10 acres, then that is not that far out of the range. Except, with the housing market starting to deflate, and it is going to crash if things don't do a dramatic turn around soon... they will not be able to sell if for near what it would have been worth in 2019-20.

The rain just sorta disappeared. It broke up and mostly did not make it into the valley after coming across the mountains to the west. There is a bunch that has gone south and falling along the border with NC... but we got about a dozen sprinkles it seems.
I worked out in the garden while the clouds are out. I weeded out the row where I am going to plant the broccoli seed for the fall crop. Might get that in tomorrow so that they can get watered in, when we do get some of the called for rain this coming week.

Came in and ate some lunch and am going up to the nurse cow pasture to see if calves are in so I can shut the creep gate. Then get some cows in a little later on to match them. Hoping there are a bunch in. Going to take another 15 gallon barrel of water to the 3 that go on the nurse cow, just to make sure they have some water, since there has not been enough rain to put any in the water troughs.
Looks like the clouds are going to thin out and maybe get some sun peeking through. Oh well, good for those that have a 3 day weekend OFF of work, so they can enjoy the outdoors.
 

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Back at the house for a little bit. Went to pasture and there were 6 calves in the barn. 4 no tags. Got one of the momma's in for a calf with a tag. Talked to DS and he said he would come up and tag them so I can match them. I am pretty sure of the 4 cows, just not which calf on which cow... So, he came up and we got them tagged and they are locked in the barn.
I will go up in a bit and see if I can get the nurse cow in, and then see how many of the other cows and/or calves I can get into the catch pen part. I can open up the side the nurse cow is on once she is in the barn feeding her calves; shut a gate so she has to stay in the barn stall part. He did at least tag her 2 bull calves but did not have any white tags with him... my heifers get white tags to distinguish from his heifers when we know them as babies. Otherwise, they all get green tags if we aren't sure of the momma, and then if one is mine and I decide to keep it, it gets a white tag to replace the green tag.
That is the only problem with not getting them tagged as day olds... not being sure who the momma is when there is a group. But still, any numbered tag lets me match them to a momma and then I can write it down. Since we sell most of the heifers, it is only worth it to change the ones I keep to the white tags. If he keeps a heifer, she has a green tag anyway.
There are at least 10 more tagged calves out with the cows that I know who they are matched to. Don't know how many I might be able to get in. Might be able to get the bull in too... he is not a problem but he is going with them to the pasture down there near GF house. I will have only a half a dozen cows at this nurse cow pasture for the rest of the summer. The nurse cow - 801 - was in heat so I am hoping he caught her... if not I will breed her AI once he is gone. Once I get the cows and calves that are leaving out of here, then I will start letting her calves out loose. The longhorn will stay with her calf, and there is another nut case cow of mine that has a looney tunes nut case heifer calf that will stay there, and maybe 4 not fresh yet cows. The nut case cow and calf of mine are most likely both going to get sold. Nice calf, and the cow raised a real nice bull calf last year... but I am tired of her always going in the opposite direction when I am up there doing stuff. Cattle prices being higher than they were, I won't lose any money on her. Tired of so many acting like jerks... and the fewer I have like that, the fewer that DS can bi#@h and complain about "my cows" being stupid. There are 2 that I already matched and he moved that are HIS that are also stupid acting... he was complaining about them to me... tired of hearing it.

Lost my last 2 chickens here at the house. The red one disappeared last Friday, middle of the day. Then yesterday, I lost the white leghorn that laid so good. Both mid-day... just found a pile of feathers. Either a hawk or a fox I think.... So, now I am going to wait for fall and get the other coops on the trailer that DS can't seem to get moved out for me, and get them here at the house and be done with all the stuff he can't find time to do for me, but has so much time for doing stuff for her. Only been asking him to get the stuff out of the way for the trailer to get moved here, for 2 years....
He came by to do the lawn mower, but he left the key on when he was working on it before, and the battery was stone dead. I had no reason to touch it after he took the spark plug out..... So, it is on charge, but it won't get done today. He has to go somewhere with her and the kids this evening, now.
Sometimes I wonder if he just can't think past doing more than one thing... except when he wants something done... Pretty aggravating when I try to do all he wants done when he wants. Different priorities I guess... but gee whiz.....

I am going to go up to the pasture about 6:30 or so and see about who I can get in or not. Of course, if he is so busy with her then I don't know when he plans to get them moved to doug's barn to get worked in the chute..... I will get in what I can get in... Hopefully the 4 that had the "untagged calves" , and whoever else... get at least another trailer load out of there.
 

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Sun came out and now only a 20% chance of late day showers tomorrow. So hopefully a nice day for the 4th of July. Then 50% on Tues-Wed-Thurs.... Heading for the pasture again. Got 2 more barrels of water for the nurse cow side. Put 6 barrels in the creep gate side. I realized that the calves used to like to come in and drink then go lay in the barn and the troughs in there were empty. The water trough down over the hill that is spring fed is running fine so they drink down there... but the water was an extra when they ate grain, then got a drink, then went back in the barn to lay down and "relax"...
 

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Have a flip phone that stays in my pocket most of the time. But many places there is no cell service.

Got 7 matched cow calf pairs in and the bull... but now he is with GF and kids watching hot air balloons... why have me try to get them in if he has better things to do? He texted me and asked if they had to be moved tonight... I said guess if they get out then oh well. They have water, sun is down, it isn't hot.

Came home to 2 deer in the yard again... near the garden.... I am going to go on an elimination spree..
2 cars were on the road, one going down and another coming up earlier... and a stupid deer was standing in the middle of the road as the one came up over the little hill.... this was about mid afternoon.... :smack
:barnie :he :he :he :somad:somad:rant:rant glad they both weren't flying like they do on this road most times.
 

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Whatever you do, don’t get one of those HELP IVE FALLEN AND I CANT GET UP things hanging around your neck, with a sensor. Those will even go off if they sense that you fell down, even bending over can simulate a fall.

So an ambulance comes screaming up and Jan is bent over a newborn calf….. LOL
 

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Whatever you do, don’t get one of those HELP IVE FALLEN AND I CANT GET UP things hanging around your neck, with a sensor. Those will even go off if they sense that you fell down, even bending over can simulate a fall.

So an ambulance comes screaming up and Jan is bent over a newborn calf….. LOL
:lol:
:lol::lol::gig:gig:gig
 

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Well, I was kinda serious about it, but that was FUNNY!!

My Mother's best friend fell in her bathroom, quite a few years back. When Mother came over to pick her up for Bridge group, she found Lynn. Two days later.

So I think about it periodically. Clearly you're so close to your DS, that he would notice you not responding. My DD would not even think about it....
 

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