Hay Net Caution


If you follow my blog, you know I’m probably considered a hobby farmer. Therefore, it makes sense that I subscribe to a bimonthly publication called Hobby Farms Magazine. Learn more at http://www.hobbyfarms.com

I was surprised to come across an article in the May/June 2010 Reader Mail section entitled “Hay Net Caution” (page 8). As I have a cyber blogger friend who recently experienced a similar situation with her sheep/lamb, I thought it best to help get the word out to anyone raising small livestock – including sheep and goats.

Here’s what the article had to say: “I’m writing this letter in the hope that it will be published as a warning to owners of small livestock, especially goats. In trying to provide a clean, safe environment for our charges, we can sometimes make well-meaning but disastrous mistakes. In my case, it was using a hay net to keep my goats’ hay off the barn floor. After a couple of weeks of use, we lost our darling little Nubian/Boer doeling, Tippi. She had strangled herself in the hay net, and it happened within 15 minutes of her playing in the pasture. Anyone lucky enough to have these mischievous creatures in their lives know they can and will get into anything – but this is something that could be avoided.”   MT, Canton, Texas 

Please take note – a difficult lesson, but I hope this article helps any ‘newbies’ out there!