Hay Harvesting on Three Feathers Estate

Elise StimacFamily, Farm Life, Hay making

Haymaking Team of Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard
3FETHR plate on our 4x4 truck covered with hay during Three Feathers Estate 2017 harvest

Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard vanity plate covered in hay during the 2017 harvest.

Three Feathers Estate 2017 Hay Harvest

The day the Prudhomme boys landed in Portland from France, Three Feathers hay was ready to harvest. We drove the French contingent right to Wilco to buy double-reinforced leather gloves and it was off to work.

John Deere and New Holland cross paths in the haying frenzy at Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard

Haymaking Team of Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard driving the venerable John Deere and our New Holland to make win-rows and pick up bales.

French haymaking team bringing bales to the barn on Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard

French haymaking team bringing bales to the barn on Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard during the 2017 hay harvest.

In three days, Big Blue and Baby Blue (our two New Holland tractors) cut and raked and win-rowed 1200 bales of fine quality fresh green mountain hay for our Oregon customers. We followed behind with our 4×4 truck and trailer, bucking and stacking the bales as fast as the tractors could make them.

Six men and one broken baler during Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard 2017 hay harvest.

Six men and one broken baler during Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard 2017 hay harvest.

Haymaking team evaluating the flat tire on the John Deere at Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard.

Haymaking team evaluating the flat tire on the John Deere at Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard.

The usual mishaps had to happen at the same time on the same day. Our old baler did not like the thicker richer parts of the field let us know it. Big Blue decided it needed more oil and put out a warning light and the huge wheel of our venerable John Deere got a flat.

Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard haymaking team taking a quick break in between bucking bales.

Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard haymaking team taking a quick break in between bucking bales.

New Holland Baler needs to be retuned during haymaking at Three

New Holland Baler needs to be retuned during haymaking at Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard.

“Well”, said Victor, “it’s the pleasures of farming! We are doing much better than last year.”

Haymaking Team of Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard

Haymaking Team of Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard poised on 50 tons of hay