At the end of June, we took a drive a little bit south of us to check out the hay field where our (hopefully) yearly supply would be coming from. I will no longer buy hay sight-unseen or what people call “mixed grass” around here. The mixed grass stuff ends up being all weedy stems or straw, and even at a bargain price of $25, it still comes out to over $50 a bale when you figure that Ms. Melman & Nugget waste half of it. The goats waste even more, although who’d blame them? Been burned enough times to know that it is not worth buying crappy hay. I’ve seen fields in nothing but Queen Ann’s Lace cut and baled. What the heak kind of animal eats that stuff?
Another thing I find amusing is that if there is crummy hay, they will call it “goat hay”. These people have obviously never raised goats. Because if there is anything I’ve learned in keeping goats, is that they are the pickiest animals on the planet. That, and the fact that no matter how good the hay is, they will waste it. But at least with the good hay, they don’t seem to waste as much of it.
Anyways, back to my anxiously awaited hay delivery.
When we made the drive all those weeks ago, at that point it seemed as it would only be a few more weeks until it would be cut and delivered to our place. But then the scorching heat of Summer moved in and the fields did not grow enough to be baled. I called the hay guy again (poor soul) and very nicely asked when he anticipated a cutting. Another two weeks. If they are lucky.
We managed to get two decent round bales over a month ago to tide us over until “our” hay was ready, but that month has come and gone and the mule barn is empty of hay. Starting tonight, we’ll be forking hay from the goat’s bale into the back of the truck and driving it up to Ms. Melman and Nugget on a daily basis until we can get another bale for them. That gets old really fast. And as much as I’d hate to do it, we may just have to get some of that “goat hay” advertised in the paper until the good stuff comes in.