Feeding the fields

September 23rd, 2021

Today we applied phosphorus to our fields.  Phosphorus (P) is very important for good root development.  Phosphorus moves slowly in soil under most conditions; therefore, applying fertilizers during this time allows the P to move into the soil through winter freeze/thaw processes and rain/snowmelt where it can be taken up by the fine branch roots near the soil surface.

Applying the proper amount of fertilizer at the appropriate time strengthens the plants making them more resistant to drought and able to grow to their potential.

Phosphorous application 2021.9.23


No, no, I won’t go!

September 9th, 2021

Hunter says pre – K class can wait.  He wants to help with 5th cutting!  It’s hard to leave the farm to go to school when there’s so many fun things to do!

Hunter 1st day pre K


Teaching them young!

July 24th, 2021

Our 3rd generation hay farmers are only 3, 4 and 5 years old but they’re already excited about visiting the farm implement dealership to look at equipment! Point to any piece of haying equipment and they will tell you what it’s called and what to do with it!  They’re already “helping” repair equipment, too!

Shopping for equip 1 (2)

twins baler repair


Testing shows our orchard grass hay is Premium quality!

July 8th, 2021

Here are the test results for 2nd cutting 2021.  Game Farm Hay continues to produce Premium quality orchard grass hay for your animals!

Test results for website

With a 19.5 protein level, our orchard grass hay is once again rated Premium!

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June 23rd, 2021


Heat, Humidity and Livestock

Humans aren’t the only ones suffering from the heat and drought this summer. Farm animals are feeling the heat, too.

Be cognizant of both the temperature and the relative humidity.  Humidity in our area?!  Yes, even in our desert region.  This morning the relative humidity reading showed 46% humidity at the Tri Cities Airport in Pasco, WA.  Both temperature and relative humidity will fluctuate during the day and night.

When your animal becomes too hot the body sends more blood flow to the skin to assist in cooling. Unfortunately, this causes the animal’s brain and internal organs to receive too little oxygen. Furthermore, heatstroke causes your animal to sweat excessively, and this loss of electrolytes and fluid only adds to the dire circumstances.  Even worse, if your animal is not sweating at all when he or she should be, it is an urgent sign of heatstroke.  High relative humidity reduces the ability of animal to use evaporation to dissipate heat.

Simple guidelines you can follow to reduce the impacts of high temperatures on animals:

Water: An animals’ water consumption in hot weather conditions will increase 50-100 percent. Be sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water available at all times.  Like humans, animals need to stay hydrated.  Place it in a shady location if possible.

Shade: Make sure they have shade so they can get out of the direct sunlight.  Never lock them in a shelter because it will be hot inside.  However, as the sun moves throughout the day the shade will move around the outside of the shelter allowing your animal to move with the shade.  A heavily canopied tree can also provide shade.

Food:  Your animal needs access to plenty of food.  Quality hay and pasture both provide energy and help your animal regulate his own body temperature.  Place feeders in a shady location if possible.

Handling:  Handling animals in high heat is dangerous for both you and your animal.  The combination of stress and high heat can kill an animal.  If you must handle an animal, do it early in the morning or late in the evening when it is somewhat cooler and move the animal slowly.