Living in Northern Colorado and on a small farm, weather can automatically change your plan for the day or in this case, the week!
Monday evening, we received a call from a member of our church, Katie, who lives in the county, east of us. She was upset and wondered if our animals, goats, cattle and pigs could eat third cutting grass hay? My response was “yes of course.”
Apparently, her neighbor cut his pivot section of grass hay and did not get it picked up before the wind started to blow on Sunday. 70-mile an hour gusts blew the entire field in to her 4 acres! Lee estimated that 10 tons of hay lay on her property!
Hay currently in our drought stricken and wild fire ravaged area, is selling at a premium price. The idea of helping a friend and collecting food for our livestock was now our top priority!
Early Tuesday morning the kids joined us and the four of us, along with Katie, began to rake up the unbelievable amount of grass hay. The hay had blown into the trees, around the property, that serves as a wind block, so tight and five feet high. The hay laid on the yard four feet deep! When we arrived we could hardly believe our eyes.
Raking all day, we filled two 20-foot trailers that first day. We continued Wednesday and Thursday collecting approximately 6 tons of grass hay to feed to our livestock!
When I talked to Katie on Monday evening, I knew she was upset and frustrated. When we left on Thursday, I think she was feeling better about her situation. We saw this as a complete blessing, and even though we were exhausted, we are grateful for the hay.
It’s like the saying goes," when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” I hope Katie likes lemonade!
Lee and Hannah are working away! Below we got some help fro the Coretex Crew