Not all of 47 Daisies is veggies. You have probably read some of our other posts about our goat herd. We have 5 goats currently with one of our does bred and scheduled to give birth mid-February.
With animals comes the need for hay. We do not have the ability to make our own hay and thus are reliant on others who do have that capability. As if the drought has not hit home hard enough here is another example of the hardships caused by this history making drought we have experienced this past season or two.
A square bale of hay usually sells for around $5 a bale. This is a reasonable price. At this time, good quality square bales are selling for $16 a bale.....and that's if you can find it!!! NO ONE has hay for sale and those who do are either shipping it to Texas or selling here in NE Louisiana for an arm and a leg!!!
Our grass on our farm hasn't grown all season. The excessive heat along with the parched soil took its toll and we are now wondering if our pastures will even recover in years to come.
These hardships are exactly what put farmers out of business. Farmers typically only make enough money to barely stay afloat. When these types of natural disasters happen.....it spells doomsday.
47 Daisies is surviving, but we have not been unscathed and it continues to be a hard, hard year!!!! For those of you that know a farmer or two......send them a kind word of encouragement, because where would we be without farmers. Think about that the next time you peruse the grocery store or shop at the market for milk, eggs, cheese, or meat.........all of these require hay!!!!
Lets all hope that the climatologists are wrong and we don't see a 2011 repeat in 2012.......!!!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )