Nothing ever stays the same around here. This farming adventure allows us weekly opportunities to tweak and adjust our systems, so that everything works more smoothly, effectively, cheaper, and easier on the back. That's great for someone like me who enjoys change and novelty. Plus, it's my back that needs to be protected.
I've been ruminating for several years now about how to feed hay to our critters with the least amount of waste and work. Though I had considered large round bales as an economical choice, I just didn't see how I could keep the hay out of our fleeces as the sheep or alpacas worked down those big bales, usually from the inside, out. I thought about using a cattle panel/t-post contraption to contain them, but it seemed like a big hassle.
|Young Dan delivers our bale from Poole Feed in Wylie|
|One round bale is like 12-14 small square bales|
|Tella is puzzled about being penned up. She loves to help with projects.|
|The only tool I needed was pliers to untwist some wires. Sweet.|
|The pigtail wires twisted right onto the panel ends to hinge them together. Brilliant.|
|Two brave sheep...|
|Now the whole flock gathers round...|
It looks like it's going to work!