I’m sitting here at the computer with my hair tied up in a towel. It takes forever to dry when it is this humid and I hate wet hair dripping down my back. I don’t know why I’m so tired; maybe it’s because I have been up for over four hours and have already done a lot of work. It’s hot and I’m already sweating. I think because of the humidity, I am not sleeping all that well. I wake up around midnight and open the windows to let the air in which is probably a mistake, but I hate sleeping with the house all closed up.
This morning, while the goats were finishing their grain on the milk stand, I raked up the hay that fell out of their feeders and when I was through milking, hauled it down to the pasture in the wagon attached to the ATV. The cows and Sudi eat quite a bit of it so there isn’t quite so much waste, but damned, goats waste a lot of hay. I’m trying really hard to keep their shelter cleaned out so it doesn’t get like it was this spring.
Tonight we are picking up a bale of alfalfa hay and that they’ll really waste. I’ll have to make it a point to rake up what falls on the ground on a daily basis and bring it down to the pasture so it will get eaten. Usually we don’t buy straight alfalfa hay, but that’s all that is available right now. I really see a difference in their milk production when they don’t have access to high protein hay. We ran out a few days ago and haven’t bought any more because we were not sure where we were going to put it. We decided to make room for it in the ShelterLogic where we keep the mower and ATV. I don’t care to store hay in the same building as gasoline-powered vehicles, but we really have no choice. I’m hoping they’ll call soon to schedule a time for the carport to be installed.
Until later …