The elk are still here. It has been a long week without a lot of sleep. There has still been over 300 head of elk moving through our fields, yard and haystacks. While I have enjoyed watching them it is time for them to find somewhere else to go for the night.
The past few days they move out of our fields by the time it is light, but as soon as it starts to get dark they are right back. Last night was no different. At 6:00 this morning there was a large portion of them in the front of the hay stacks. They are eating the straw to try to get to the hay. The hay stack we have for our animals has a semi truck parked on one side of it. They even climb under the truck to get to the hay. It is not because they lack for food. There is plenty to pick from in the fields and on the hillsides. They just like to eat at hay stacks because it is easier, and maybe tastes a little bit better.
-12 Below Last Night
It was really cold here last night at -12. This makes it really hard to start equipment. My husband started the loader at 6:00 this morning. The hay buyers are coming to load some hay and haul it out.
Hauling the hay out of here
They pulled in before the sun was up with 4 semi’s trucks towing pup trailers behind. I was really glad to see them coming. Hopefully by the middle of next week all of the hay will be gone. Weather has been playing havoc with everyone. They couldn’t come and get the hay because the roads were bad between us and Twin Falls, Idaho. Twin Falls is where the dairy is located that has purchased our hay. The hay is loaded onto the trucks and weighed as they leave the valley. They then deliver the hay to the dairy. They are not sure if they will be able to haul much more this week because of the weather in Twin Falls. They have gotten a lot of snow and rain. They now have a pond where the hay is stacked at the dairy. I bet you didn’t know this much work went into your glass of nice cold milk or that delicious piece of cheese or any other dairy product.
Since the elk were long gone by the time it was light enough to take pictures, I took some other fun pictures. The moon was just starting to go down and the sun was just peaking over the mountains on the other side of the valley.
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