I am new to Alberta, just moved into an acreage. We have a hay field (unfenced), and a paddock for the horses.
The hay field was cut earlier this year before we bought the place, to my English eyes it looks as though I could get a second cut off it. The local farmer who cut it for the previous owners is I think a little reluctant to cut it for me again this year. I can't quite work out whether this is because a) he hasn't got the time or b) it's too short by Alberta standards to take another hay cut off
The horse paddock hasn't been grazed this year, and it's long and lush. If I were to put horses into it as it is I think they'd be down with Laminitis after day! Again, to my English eyes it looks like I could take a hay cut off it.
Apparently round here there are no Contractors eager and willing to come and cut and bale your hay for you - we have to make friends with the local farmers and ask them to do it, or do it ourselves.
We will no doubt make friends..... but it's a bit early to be that pushy!
We don't have the equipment to cut and bale it ourselves.
So!! Do I...
A) phone round to the people selling baled hay (advertising in the local store) and ask them if they'll come round and bale it for me?
B) if they won't, then I just bite the bullet and mow it so I can put horses on it, accepting that this year I won't be able to make my own hay and will have to buy it in
C) risk annoying the local farmers by being pushy-new-woman and plead with them to come and do some hay for me.
D) rush into a purchase of a tractor with cutting/raking/baling equipment even though I don't really know what I'm doing at the moment
Thanks for your help and advice :)