Another page for my ranch book…. Keeping my ranch pages very simple and graphic to please the men in the house!!

My husband's Father and Grandfather put hay up in this manner from the 1930's to the late 1950's. I will be showing the progression that haying has taken on our ranch. This will be the 1st of 3 pages about the mechanics of haying. I thought it was appropriate that I create these pages now, as we will be starting to hay tomorrow! Photo is not mine…..had to find one from the internet that was close to what he remembered. Journaling by John P.

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It’s been said that if you raise livestock there are only two seasons of the year………Winter and the Preparation of Winter. Early western ranchers learned quickly that, that preparation meant putting up hay to feed animals when snow depth made it impossible for them to graze. The overshot stacker was a popular method to collect loose hay in a stack or pile for storage. Hay would be brought to the stacker by a horse driven buck rake and deposited in the “hay head” of the stacker. When full, horses attached to the Stacker at a 90 degree angle would move forward tightening a cable through a series of pulleys and the full hay head would move up and over itself depositing the hay in the pile (thus the name overshot) where workers with pitch forks would place or tighten the hay. With consecutive loads the stack got higher until the field was finished. The top of the stack was built as an umbrella so moisture would runoff the pile, preserving the quality of the feed. Many times ropes with tires tied to each end were placed over the top of the stack to prevent wind damage. When winter arrived the rancher would drive a horse-drawn bobsled to the stack, fork on a load of hay and take it to the livestock.

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Flair Minis No. 01
Watery Blumes No. 01

Maplebrook Studios:
Anders Solids Paper Pack

Everyday Life No. 01 Brushes and Stamps yard work…altered to read ranch work!
Freebie Template - altered and converted to 12X12.

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