For years we have struggled along doing our hay. Well mostly it is the baling part, but if you can't get it baled and off the field, you don't really have hay. Yeah, yeah, I know in the olden days, they used to pile it loose on wagons and then lift it into the huge hay lofts, but if you don't have a huge hay loft and the means to get it up there, well then you need it baled.
When we were first married, we lived on four acres on Matsqui prairie. We had four horses then, but we still had excess pasture, so we needed it hayed. We hired someone to do it for us, which usually means that the hay doesn't turn out as good as it could. Then a couple of years later we came across someone selling off a bunch of old haying equipment. Seven pieces for $600, but we had to take it all. A sickle mower, a tedder, a huge old rake (we had to rent a trailer to get that home), an old baler, plus a plow, a disk, and a blade. We knew nothing about haying, but we struggled along and managed to get the hay baled the first year. The second year the hay was dryer and was coming out of the baler in bales so loose that they just fell apart. We did eventually learn how to adjust the baler to tighten the bales up.