But we're not in this alone; our neighbors are facing the same problems. If you see the dark red spot in the middle of the country, indicating severe dry conditions, that's us. So, we're trying to find a way to make the hay go farther to feed now and in the winter to come, and it ain't cheap!!
We bought a grinder-mixer to make a feed for the cattle. Then we bought eleven bags of various ground grains to mix with the hay.
The hay is put into the grinder,
the grains added and mixed,
then it's augured out into troughs.
This was all done before noon while the cows were still in the shade. By the middle of the afternoon they had found their new feed, and some were eating while others were going back to the shade; after all, it's been up to l04* today. Next problem: drinking water shortages.
During all this summer I kept remembering the old bumper stickers which read,
"Don't cuss the farmer with you mouth full." We'll all be seeing higher prices on food products, but rest assured the person working the fields and the farmer and rancher aren't the ones taking in the extra profits.