About four years ago someone on here asked advise about buying your own haying equipment and it was explained to them how expensive that would be and that it would be far cheaper to hire it out. That is what we've done for the past 4 yrs, however this year we found out first hand the real Cost of not having your own equipment. We due to drought, and dishonesty, will not have any hay put up this winter. My 3 farm mules all sibs, are being sold, the pony is already gone, and hopefully I'll have enough $$ for hay for the 18yr+ broodmare, she doesn't deserve to be hamburger, but I doubt she'll sell. I have the mules to farm the place but didn't have haying equipment yet. I have just been Devasted by this set back, I imprinted the one mule at birth, She was born 6 days befor my daughter! So now I'll have to start all over again. This time Equipment first. I want the tractor just for baling, as I'll use a team to cut and rake. What kind of a tractor do I need I'm thinking old ford 8 or 9 n, and I know Nothing about balers.. What kind of a baler do I need, I know there are also small round balers you can pull by horse but those are few and far between. Lets get some ideas of what we should be looking for this fall so by next spring maybe we'll again have some way to get that alfalfa from back field to barn. Other than the currant method which has been daily walks with the goats to a pasture they'd not seen before. Shoot next I can see it in the future they'll remember right where the alfalfa field is, and be line for it.