I don’t need much off the field, but I do need some and it has to be good quality: picky, elderly thoroughbreds and pickier owners….I am sure I drive the farmer who cuts it (who runs Non-picky beef cattle) slightly bonkers, I try very hard not to. Especially since all I have to do is put it in the barn.

I’d give a great deal for his tractors and sundry equipment though….

As usual this one ran perfectly:


A good thing, since this big Oliver* (which was rebuilt since last year but not run hard till now) gave up on the second circuit of the field with the cutter. The grass was just too heavy and something in the cooling system went Bang!  Thankfully, the man has another, earlier Oliver as well and that combined with the Farmall made due.



The real problem is finding people to do the work, these days it is almost cheaper to buy extra hay-wagons than to try to get people to buck hay. Still you end up with quite the hay wagon collection!


*big for post-war New England okay? I confess, I am not really a fan of the Olivers, any more than I am of Mack trucks, the bulldog effect doesn’t do it for me. As far as I am concerned, tractors ought to be red, tricycle Farmalls or stout little gray Fergusons.