“In some places the mysterious relation man has with sheep has never been forgotten, people have not so far left the land, and still honor the sheep who help them to live on it. For them there is joy of life in the shearing of the sheep…” Kevin Ford, Shearing Day.
Below is my process of making a haystack. A good example of the transfer of energy.
Mowing the haw with a scythe.
The scythe efficiently cuts and gathers in one motion. Good technology.
Tidy windrows left by the scythe.
Upset this fellow, 3″ with legs.
The hay rack, beginnings of the stack.
Nearly half-way. (Three legged dog shown for scale)
All done. The other half of the picture is the good scent of cured hay.
I repurposed my first moveable paddock shed on sleds, so I built a new one. This one has open walls for breeze and more shade area for the sheep. The goats don’t use them much, unless it rains. The sheep don’t mind the rain, but like to have some shade. Simple and low cost, using mostly salvaged lumber and metal.
Ripping timbers on the bandsaw. The timbers were roughed out with the chainsaw 2 years ago from some salvaged cypress logs.
Cypress and 2×4’s
Pulled behind the tractor from paddock to paddock.