Monday, February 2, 2015
Leftovers Leave Home
Randy likes having leftovers, too. During a couple of years of drought, we barely raised enough alfalfa hay and sudan to feed our own cattle herd. But, for the second year, we have extra hay to spare, so we're selling the "leftovers."
Randy chose to market the hay through Sunflower Trading, a division of the Kanza Co-op. Randy established the price he wanted for the hay, then he contracted 10 loads of hay with Sunflower. They sold it to a feedlot near Dodge City.
Last year, Sunflower arranged to have a truck come to the field to pick it up. However, this year, we've added a semi to our farm fleet. Randy bought a hay trailer from our neighbor. Both Randy and Jake got their Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDL), so we are hauling the hay to the feedlot ourselves. More of the money goes in our pockets that way. (More on that tomorrow.)
After the alfalfa is baled in the summer, the guys stack it in rows near the road.
It's kind of like building with Legos. You just keep adding "pieces" to the "design." Unfortunately, there are no handy connective pieces to keep everything stuck together like Legos.