Every summer we mow, ted, windrow, and bale 500 – 600 conventional hay bales over two paddocks (10 acres/4 hectares), with gnarly old equipment we had to figure out how to use and maintain.
We sell about half the bales, and the other half feeds our animals over winter. We decided to document the whole four-day process this year, complete with drone footage for some unique and interesting perspectives! It’s a stressful time of year, but one of the most rewarding activities when it all goes to plan.
The equipment we use is 50 – 80 years old, some of which we bought from the old owner of our homestead, including a UFO Mini Twin (mower), PZ Haybob (tedder), and a McCormick International Harvester (baler). All powered by our trusty old Fiat tractor.
Make hay while the sun shines!