Hay Feeding Time

Hay Feeding Time

It’s winter time which means it is time to feed a lot of hay to our cows.

The boys love going to feed hay with me. It reminds me of when I was little and riding on the tractor with my Dad. I remember the cold days of sitting on his lap and making trips from the barn to the pasture and felt like I was literally going to freeze. A lot has changed since then. We have a nice big 4×4 tractor with a climate controlled cab complete with windshield wipers, lights, and a radio. Both boys can ride safely and comfortably with me in the cab. So comfortable that Carter has dozed off in my lap a time or two. Even on the coldest days it only takes a few minutes for the cab to heat up to a comfortable level.

Sometimes both boys go and other times I just have one or the other. When Cameron is with me I try and let him drive and operate the front-end loader. When Carter is with me I am working overtime trying to keep him from touching every knob and switch in the cab. They each enjoy the job

Feeding hay is work and takes a lot of time but it is easy work and the boys love doing it… What’s not to love about this chore? They get to be in a tractor, up close and personal with cows, and we have seen a good number of deer in the fields. Cameron takes pride in opening and closing the gates which is a big boy job. They even love the few times the Donkeys have escaped from an open gate and we have had to chase them back to the pasture. We have learned that our Donkeys are masters of discovering open gates.

I hope that one day when they are older they will have fond memories of feeding hay and time they spent with me while doing it. Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a few pictures!


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  1. There is no better feeling in the world than knowing your kids want to follow in your foot steps. Keegan had rather go feed her animals than play with any toy she has. Whether it be the goats, calves, or the duck when I say “I,m headed to the barn” she will put her rubber boots on and beat me to the truck. She is 2 1/2 yrs old now and they know her by name at the Co-op.


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