elle sagenev wrote:I'm curios as to why you do not fence and graze this 15 acres. Is there a reason?
I get the expense. I'd been feeding my birds for ages. Then I finally just decided to start letting them out. Feed costs dropped dramatically. Try it!
Fred Fisher wrote:
Damian Jones wrote:Hi all,
I figure purchasing a tractor, cutter, rake and baler would be horribly expensive (let me know if I'm wrong on this). So I'm looking for alternative. Scything is out of the question as we are middle aged and the though of spending a week of cutting, raking and baling by hand makes me faint.
Is there a opportunity to rent these machines in your area?
Sunny Aldrinos wrote:Try looking for someone who will hay the property for you. 10 acres is usually the point where someone will bother hauling the equipment over so if you have 15 decent acres, it's worth a shot. Every area has their own traditions but 60/40 (60% going to them) is a typical split of the hay. If you don't have any neighbors that you know or trust, try asking around at the local tractor place or looking around social media (lots of our local hay guys advertise on FB, including for cutting services). This can backfire sometimes - it's often easier said than done, and you can get caught up in the equipment problems of others, and their own fields take priority.
Bernard Welm wrote:I would say there are a few things to do/try befor purchasing all the hay making equipment.
1. Are there any farmers in the area that make hay? If so check what it would cost for them to make bales for you on your own land. Large bales are cheaper than small balles (this year I got small bales at $1 a bale)
2. What would it take to fence some or all of that land? I'm f you fence it you can have cattle in it later into the year decreasing your feed costs. I think it is Greg Judy that does a lot of this type of cattle raising. I would really look at it. I have also listened to a podcast where a person in Alberta was letting his cattle eat grass all winter long (and some large bales) so it should be possible for most people to figure out a way to do it.
Honestly I would look at a combination of these 2 methods to extend your grazing period reducing your cost of feed.