The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) this week hailed the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee’s passage of the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, H.R. 1526, legislation to prevent the continuation of catastrophic wildfire events by improving federal forest management.
As this cold winter starts to end, we need to be thinking about getting our plans set for the early spring season.
1. Hay season is just around the corner. Now is a good time to warm up the shop and get out the equipment manuals. Review the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance on your forage equipment. Sharpen or replace those blades on the cutter to properly cut grass or small grain. Grease all fittings. If any are missing, replace them. Check tire pressure on all equipment, inflate if needed, and replace faulty tires. Fill the baler up with twine. Replace any broken, lost, or bent spring teeth on the hay rake. Service the trailers and wagons and get them ready to roll. By spending the time now for maintenance and repair, we can prevent loss of valuable down time when we need to make hay while the sun is shining.