Drought is not just in America. Grey County, where Michael Schmidt’s Glencolton Farms are located, has also been affected. Michael sends this report and these pictures:
Not in my forty years as a farmer did I experience a drought like we have currently. – Michael Schmidt
All pasture land is brown and yellow. No green grass left except the green trees framing the sections.
We harvested less than half of our normal hay crop and already start feeding hay in July.
The despair is visible in every farmers face I meet. To buy hay is almost impossible and the price if you can find hay has quadrupled.
We cut all our spelt and oats green for hay
For the first time ever we having a daily cattle drive to bring the cows one mile down the road to the empty hayfields to graze whatever they can find.
Around us the corn and soy fields are failing badly. There is however no resentment towards anybody because we all are in the same boat.
Bringing the cows a long way to the other farm in the morning and getting them home at night reminds me of the Alps were the cows left the village in the morning for the higher pastures and returned home with the herdsman at night for milking.
There is a beauty in listening to the cow bells as we stroll down the side road. Oh yes why have cows bells?? —- because their horns don’t works. A favored joke from one of our cow share members daughter.