Friday, July 9, 2010
My shipment of predators: (below 2 pics--look closely and you can see them in the bag)
The temps are getting hot here, so I'll be riding in either mornings or evenings--today it will be the evening. I had the stalls cleaned before 8:00 am today, too.
We got four kittens from Lea about ten days ago--they keep me company in the barn--as well as Maggie and our puppy, Riagan. It's a bit of a circus out there right now. (Haven't seen any coyotes since my brother started hunting them).
Summer is our time to put away hay for the winter, and this is what is top priority now. We'll call the alfalfa supplier in Waitsburg this week to see what his prices will be this year and what quality he got in his second and third cuttings--assuming there's been that many cuttings. Last year he brought up 20 tons at once and we used about 17 because we supplemented with grass hay. All in all, we probably go through 22 tons a year.
One last thought today--I want to highly recommend fly predators. This is the first year I've used them, and I was skeptical--but so far, I haven't seen a single fly in the barn. I know that they're going to catch up with us because, even with the predators, you're bound to get some flies--but I have to assume that the fly population is going to be greatly curtailed this year thanks to this new addition. Our predators are sent to us in monthly shipments for about $30.00 a shipment. I'm very happy with the results so far.
Hope you're all surviving the heat!
Happy Summer Trails!