Hay, lots of it


It was a BUSY weekend down at the ranch. The family picked up, drove home, and then unloaded 200 bales of hay. That’s 5 tons of hay that had to be moved by hand from the truck into storage in the hay stall and lower barn.

Mom estimates we go through a bale of hay every day, between the 2 horses and the 12 alpacas. We feed two varieties: smooth brome and an orchard grass/alfalfa mix. Because it’s been so hot, this mix has more alfalfa than usual. Alfalfa has a deeper root system than the grass, so it’s survived better this year. We’re hoping for a third cutting (or harvest) later this summer, if the weather cooperates. Otherwise, the alpacas will have to eat the brome, which is normally just for the horses.

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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One Response to Hay, lots of it

  1. starproms says:

    Wow! that is a lot of hay – more than I can imagine seeing almost. Of course, animals have to eat and I guess yours eat a lot. I bet it smells wonderful though and none of you will need to go to the gym this week!

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