Here, in her own words, and with her own photos, is a typical day.
At dark o'thirty, the crew meets in the shop. We have coffee and talk about what's to be done. Pre-check the tractors. The buster-driver decides when it's time to head out. (Hay-buster--an apparatus used to de-twine the 1500 pound bales of hay and then "bust" them up into finer-sized feed.) Get to the stack yard by the barn, place one bale on the grapple, back up in pitch-dark to the second bale, lift it into the buster, and pick up a third bale on the buster forks. Head out. Factor in any wind the night before, blowing the road in and driving through big snow drifts.
|Field 5 blown in. The Cowboy had to|
clear the way before the tractors could
get through to feed the cows.
R, one of my co-workers, drives the feed wagon, which can be hitched and unhitched to his tractor. Therefore, he can load and unload (with the unhitched tractor) the desired amount of bales the buster driver has asked for. He sets them out a certain way: one bale, then two bales, about 50 feet away. That gives the buster driver room to maneuver when reloading. I pick up the single bale first, then the two, and away I go again.
Oh, and don't forget to close the gate after leaving any field or pen!
The only wildlife I've seen lately are a pack of 'yotes and numerous ravens.