Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 27, 1976 · Page 63
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 63

Nampa, Idaho
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Friday, February 27, 1976
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The Idaho Free Press, Friday, February 27,197C-D-: Bringing in the hay took a lot of work CwthtM4tr«mD-U) raising all U* hay they could though il was several years before they fed anything but the poor ones. During (he hard winter of iu$. 87 some of Ihe ranchers who had straw piles, gathered some callle and put (hem on straw Every cow eating the straw died. They cut some open and thai straw was jusl as dry and compact as it was when Ihey ate it. The ranchers had never ever fed anything, they didn't realize that (he cow had to have water too, For several years all Ihe hay was put up by hand. You pitched il onlo the wagon and from the wagon to (he stack. About that time the ranchers laid the old scythe away and got mowers. There were (wo makes of mowers and rakes, the Osborn and the Buckeye. There weren'l very many parls lo either make; if you broke down il could usually be fixed al home. The rakes had wooden wheels and axles and were hand tripped. Like the mowers, if Ihey broke down you coutd always find a stick for repairs. When alfalfa was first introduced in these parls Ihe rancher- didn't Ihink'much of il and wouldn't feed it to his horses until he beat all the leaves off. Some of them said il might be OK fora leppycalforamilk cow but didn't Ihink i( would 'ketch' on very good. To them Ihe only tame hay was timolhy and redlop. They still sluck lo the wild rye grass and barley, ff your horse had a belly full of that you were mounted all day. As the amount of hay being produced increased there had to be a different method of stacking, and over the years there were about as many methods as there w«r* ranchers. . About Ihe first ' ihal I remember was two poles about Ihe size of telephone pole; boiled together at the top and spread out al Ihe bottom. The two guy wires fastened lo the lop were loose enough so that the frame would swing both ways. II was rigged with a cable and pullies and a harpoon fork. One tilled this frame out over Ihe load of hay and sel Ihe fork, then the pull-up man raised Ihe hay up high enough to clear the slack, and lilted the frame the other way. The man on the wagon tripped Ihe fork so Ihe hay fell on Ihe slack. All of the hay fell in Ihe middle of Ihe slack. Another rig was Ihe butterfly derrick. It had one big pole like a power pole set in a frame. One end of another pole, half the length of the first pole, was fastened solid to the middle of Ihe main upright poio and the lop end was fastened to the top of the upright by cable. This was called the arm. When you got all the braces, cables, pullies and the fork on, you blocked up the frame so that the arm and uprighl would swing over the stack. Also, this deal had to have guy wires on lo keep il from upsetting. It took at leasl four horses to move. Nexl came t h e M o r m a n derrick. It had a large pole sel tin end in a frame wilh a long pole over the lop of the standing pole, and set on a swivel so Ihal about two-thirds of Ihf lop pole swung over Ihe stack. There ure a number of Ihe Morman derricks still around. When we lived on Ihe Bab- blngton ranch on Reynolds Creek (Cummings Ranch now) we were stacking with a Morman derrick. There were two men in Ihe field pitching hay onto Ihe wagons. The stacker was a cranky guy and was always cussing the pull-up boy. It was Ihis boy's first try as pull- up boy (He was being paid 75 cents a day). One day Ihis stacker was griping about not feeling well and asked if we had any laxative. There wasn't any around the house, but we had wintered some calves for a fellow the winler before and he (nought his calves needed a laxative and senl us five pounds of slock sails. We thought maybe Ihey would help so we gave him a lin cup full. The slack was getting up pretty high by late afternoon and he had to come down. To do this Ihe stacker would grab the back of the Jackson fork and be towered by the pull-up boy. This boy had taken ahoul all he could, so when he gol Ihe stacker clear of Ihe slack he held him there too long, and Ihen he held him there until all three wagons came in. The stacker was all for killing Ihe kid but we wouldn't sland for thai so the slacker quit. (No sense of humor 11 We raised the boy's wages and my hrolher took over Ihe slacking 1 think there is a lesson there. Either be friends wilh the pull- up boy or dun'l lake a laxative when on a high stack. Since Ihal lime (here hove been many different methods used: Ihe Jenkins slacker, Ihe Overshot slacker, (he Beaver slide, the Dragnet, the Karmhand, lo name a few. Thp Heaver slide and Ihe Dragncl were good ways lo slack wild hay if you had lols of hay and could build a big slack. Wilh a small slack it was mostly drag end. The first buckrukes (hat 1 remember were (he Dain and Ihe Jackson. Jim Bernard bought four Dain buckrakes in 1903 and contracted most of Ihe hay on Reynolds Creek and on Wilson on Snake River. _ The Jackson buckrake was a larger rake mid liad only one wheel behind. II was a good bronco oullil as il was heavy and had lots of room for Ihe bronc to do his slutt. Now the farmhand and (he power huckrake are used on mosl all of the loose hay thai is stacked. Nearly all the hay is baled or chopped these days and is cut wilh a swather or raked wilh a wheel rake. There are very few horses used now. Few hired men know how lo harness horses or drive them after hardening. I got losl somewhere along the way. 1 look al some of Ute*e machines and 1 don't know if' they were made to handle h*y or; milk the cow. I am not quite 1 bark in the rye grass and barley: days but maybe in the timothy: and redlop era. I wor.der if (hat old cow thai' Cod made would cat Ihis stuff we feed cows now. i Various methods of stacking hay were used by ranchers in Owyhee County. 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