Drafted   3 comments

I got drafted onto the hay crew this morning.  It takes a fair-sized crew to cover a stack, and if they’re short a person or two, I get to fill in.  Only on the grunt work, though; not on the more technical parts.

Here is the crew waiting to get all of the strings tied around the tarp and get it into position.  In the background, you see an already covered stack, with its sides secured so as to drain away from the stack, and old firehoses thrown over it to secure the whole thing.

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Another angle, showing the stack topped and ready to be covered.

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Guiding the tarp into position.

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Here’s the view from the end of the strings.  My job is to keep the wind from catching the tarp, and help to guide it.

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And it’s in position, with the ends tied down.  There’s still a lot of work to be done on the sides, so that they will drain properly, but the hardest part is done.

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I’ve written about this process in other years.  It’s the culmination of our year, and when it’s done, the hay is safe from storms.  The way the weather predictions are going, we’d better get the rest done soon.

Very soon.



Posted July 24, 2015 by stablewoman in Uncategorized

3 responses to “Drafted

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  1. An amazing job to cover the hay, but how do you keep the bales that are directly on the ground dry?

    • We use a tractor to build up a pad, from the loose hay left from the previous year. It keeps the bottom bales clear of the ground.

  2. I always enjoy these posts. It’s a fascinating process, and you all have it down to a science.

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