Tuesday, 10 July 2018
A Bit Of Spending
To run a smallholding you need to spend money and if you want to do it on a shoestring you need an army of volunteer helpers.
We dont have the army of people, we get visitors but then they are here on holiday so 99% of the work falls to me and Martin.
We dont mind after all this is our lifestyle choice.
Here are some recent purchases
We got a baler old but working it will do us fine, I have managed to download a manual off the internet.
This is a windrow, it puts all the dry cut grass in a row for the baler to along and pick up.
This is a tedder it tosses and turns the cut grass to help it dry ready for baling
a crane that works off the tractor its surprising how many times we need to lift really heavy things and if there is just you two oldies it can be a struggle.
A field roller we were looking for one earlier this year to flatten the ruts in the ground were the buffalo had been grazing and couldnt find one, then when Martin went to see the baler the fella also had a field roller, good result.
Cattle crush, we have had to buy this in new as we needed an extra wide one for the buffalo to get in even extra wide is going to be a squeeze for them, but vets dont like to treat or do TB testing on them without the restrains of a crush, one swing of those horned heads could cause some damage.
I dont blame the vets one bit, animals are unpredictable and sick or injured animals are even worse.
So its been a few weeks of spending but its all needed
Martin has been out since early this morning before the sun breaks through and heats things up, cutting the field we to take hay off.