We filled four 500 foot bags with feed! The feed sits and ferments and gets stinky. During the winter months the end of the bag is cut off. The feed is removed and fed to the cows. See, it is food storage for cows! All of this silaging food storage for cows made a super busy week at our farm. The kids were in the swather non stop. Of course the Big Boss was on the phone and checking things out at the same time. Me? I made meals to take to the crew so they didn’t have to stop. (Watch for some “take to the truck” meals coming your way soon!)
Have you ever thought about food storage for you pets. Well, we have over 1500 cows at our house and they are always hungry. During the summer months we harvest the feed and store it in silage bags. It’s like food storage for cows to eat during the winter! Every time I go for a jog I run past this field. I enjoy watching it grow from the time it is planted until the time it is harvested. This feed happens to be a mix of barley, peas and oats. We are going to feed it to our heifers (female cattle who haven’t yet had a baby) this winter. Preparing the feed for storage is quite a process. We quit watering the feed a little while before we started working in the fields to avoid getting our equipment stuck in the mud! The first step is to swath the feed down. Basically, the feed is cut and put into a “swath” or row. This job belongs to my 13 year old. He swathed all day long for about 4 days. He actually even swathed all day and all night one day/night. The feed cannot be cut very long before the next step or else it will become too dry. One night the crew decided to silage all night long, so my 13 year old stayed out there all night. He claims he never got tired because he had his Mt. Dew and the radio! If he has your phone number I’m sure you know all about it because he called every contact in his phone in order to beat being bored. Next comes the chopper. It is the big “thing” on the right side of the picture. It picks up the swaths or rows of feed and chops it up. Next it spits the feed out into a truck. The truck stays right next to the chopper until it is full. This is what you call “farmer team work”. This particular day their were three trucks hauling the feed. I’m so glad I don’t have to do the truck driving job. In the first place I know I would get really itchy. Besides that I don’t back long trailers up very good. Okay, not good at all! This green and white thing is called a “bagger”. It reminds me a little bit of a “Seal-a-Meal”. It takes the feed and packs it in huge bags. An operator sits in the bagger and, well, operates it! This is where the backing up skills come in handy. The truck driver backs the truck up to the “bagger”. The feed is dumped into the bagger then packed really tight into huge bags.