This past year, we added a semi truck, grain trailer and flatbed trailer to our farm fleet. It gives us the ability to haul grain and hay to markets.
Our usual trips are hauling grain just a few miles away to the Zenith branch of the Kanza Co-op. But transporting our hay to a customer has lengthened the journey.
|These were sudan bales. We brought alfalfa bales, so they went in a different place.|
Inside the mill, they prepare a ration for the cattle. It includes ground hay, corn (stored in the silos), molasses (stored in the white tanks to the far right of the building). They also add wet distiller's grain (the yellow "pile" in the foreground of the photo at the lower right.)
|In this photo, you can see the feed truck ready to go into the feed mill. You can also see the molasses tanks to the right of the mill. In the lower left photo, you can see ground hay. The yellow substance in the right photo is wet distiller's grain.|
While the feedlot unloaded our hay, Randy worked on rolling up the straps, then stored them in the compartment between the tires.
And, if I'm totally honest, it also makes me a little nervous. I had thoughts of the bales rolling off onto the highway behind us, despite watching the guys carefully tie them all down. Since that didn't happen, I guess the journey was a success!