Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Letter H is for eating

The letter H.....hail, horrific, haberdasher....
Yes, I am prone to go for the exotic, but today I have chosen:

Hay


The above video shows the mowing of the hay which is called "alfalfa, or clover".  It is a prime source of nutrition for cows and horses during winter. The scent of fresh cut alfalfa is delightful.


Here is the difference:
This is hay. Horses and cows love this.  Photo below:


3005-Timothy-Alfalfa-Large-Square-Bales-Hay
Source: adenbrook.com



This is straw.  This is great for putting into a stall.  Then it has to be "mucked out".  Messy job. This is what remains after different grains, such as wheat, rye, etc. have been harvested.  Straw---it is unpleasant to walk upon, and is used for animal bedding.  Not for consumption.
Round em up: Round straw bales
Source: chidsey
The letter H is for hay.


24 comments:

  1. Thanks, I never knew the difference between the two.

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  2. You know, I did not know the difference! Love learning something new every day. And those are some beautiful mules, very well trained.

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  3. I have fond memories of making hay bale mazes in the barn with my big brother. My dad hobby farmed and we had a handful of beef cattle, the gentlest animals ever. Dad always said that hay is like salad for them, a nice starter before their grain.

    Happy A-Zing
    Laurel
    Laurel's Leaves

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  4. mmmm....I can smell the fresh cut hay.

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  5. Hay is rather itchy too, we used to climb mountains off it and play king of the mountain haha

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  6. "Hay is for horses, straw is cheaper." I used to hear that a lot when I was a kid. I guess I said, 'hey' more than I know. ;)

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  7. I didn't know the difference, either, though I did know "Hay is for horses!"

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  8. I guess you need to be involved in country life to know the difference.

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  9. When I was much younger, we visited family on the farm, and I remember the mucking out involved for horses, and my uncle talking about the various differences in hay and such. Nothing stuck with me very long, but this brought it all back. Thanks, Susan.

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  10. You can always tell a city slicker in the fall because they say they want to go for hayrides or sit on hay bales around the campfire. Um, no farmer i know would let people takes rideson hiscostly feed! Nor chance it close to a fire . I say hay rides and strawbales, but I wonder ifpeople would ever convert to straw rides?

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  11. Such itchy stuff - but good for the purpose. And I am fascinated to notice that most of our hay bales are 'hay logs' now. Cylinders rather than blocks almost everywhere now.

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  12. I used to assume everyone knew that. We boarded horses at the same place as a lady who fed her horse primarily straw - one day it was dead from malnutrition. :(
    hopeful for spring

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  13. Best wishes with the A to Z challenge!

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  14. Hay brings back many memories. I kissed more than one boy while sitting in a hay barn. Funny thing, back then hay didn't make me sneeze like it does today.

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  15. there is no perfume better than the smell of new mown hay. Especially alfalfa. Straw is good as mulch too.

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  16. I loved trying to help bale the hay at my cousins place when I was little, mostly I just got in the way but It was exciting exploring so many unknowns.

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  17. I live next to a farm and some of its scents, like alfalfa, are pleasant. Some are not.

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  18. This brings back memories of taking horseback riding classes as a child and having to muck out the stall afterwards to get a discounted price. The smell of hay is wonderful.

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  19. I remember the sweet smell of fresh cut alfalfa, which is often called Lucerne out here. It was grown in the orchard under the trees from one fence to the other and cut to feed the goats and rabbits, with a bit for the horses in the next field which weren't ours, but we'd treat them anyway.

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  20. Hi human, Susan,

    Hay, I might be clutching at straws, but I liked your "H" pawsting in the ridiculous alphabet challenge! :)

    Pawstive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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  21. I can smell the alfalfa from here! Mmmmmm...

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