The Bag Lady wants to share a small portion of her workday with you (hope you’re interested…if not, you are excused!)
She ordinarily does not take her camera with her when she feeds cows, but she did just this once so she could give you a better idea of what she is talking about. She tried not to make it too realistic…if there is poop in the photos, it was unintentional, really! (Unfortunately, it is difficult to avoid in the pasture!)
So, slip into your rubber boots and grab your coat; here we go!
Here we have picked up the bale with the loader and are ready to transport it to the pasture.
This is what the inside of the loader looks like (do you feel like you are driving?)
Here we have to get out and cut off the strings.
Like this, see?
Okay, let’s dump this bale into the feeder.
Most days, the Bag Lady spreads the hay out on the ground for the cows, but the loader has been a little balky lately, so she filled a couple feeders for insurance. Here is what it usually looks like. (the Bag Lady did this just before you got here so you wouldn't have to deal with the cows milling around! It can be scary if you aren't used to it.):
This calf has decided this looks like a good place to lie down.
Make sure the gate is shut when we’re done, would ya?
Hope you all enjoyed your foray into the ranching world!
(Ya'all come back now, ya hear?)