Weekly Work Summary- June 19-24, 2017
This week we finally licked the first cutting of hay. After swathing on three different days, we got the last meadow laid down. Although we were hindered by the fact that we blew two tires in the process. The first tire was on the swather tractor, so we swapped it out for the newer baler tractor. All went well until we needed to change the tractor’s computer from the 540 RPM for the baler to the 1000 RPM for the swather. After a call to the equipment dealer and pressing buttons MANY times to obtain the proper combination, it worked! The second tire that blew was on the swather, but luckily Mr. Perry had a new tire, so we were back in the field after we had the local tire shop put it on the old rim. This week we have had a pretty good breeze, which dried the hay quickly, but has made baling a challenge. We had to bale late at night or very early in the morning in order to get enough dew that the alfalfa wouldn’t turn to dust. After one good day of hauling, we got the previous meadow in the stack. All we have left to do is haul the bales off the last meadow and we will be done with haying for a month or so.
The weed control goats arrived on Monday and have been very content eating leafy spurge. We had to put a learning fence in the corral because they did not respect the boundary fence at first. It didn’t take them long to figure out that the electric fence was not their friend! We were also relieved to find that they are well trained and friendly. To bring them in at night, we just shake the bucket of grain and they come in by themselves!
The Perry’s and I attended the Wyoming Stock Grower’s Environmental Stewardship Tour on Wednesday. The tour was hosted at the Garrett Ranch outside of Casper, WY. Throughout the day, we listened to presentations about their recent projects with the Game & Fish Dept. and took a bus ride to see some of their work on the range land as well. Because of their outstanding conservation efforts on their land, the Garrett ranch received the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award.
On Saturday, I attended a grazing education field day by Dr. Blaine Horn from the Johnson County Extension office. The workshop was hosted by a ranch in Crook County on the Wyoming/South Dakota line. We for the first half of the day, we learned about range plant identification and range land soils. After lunch, we did some clipping and weighing to estimate the amount of production on the pasture, and completed an exercise to estimate the amount of forage eaten by a cow in day.