So if you look back a couple of posts you'll see we've had this problem before. Hay cutters come out, cut the field, fluff it and bale it only to let our bales get rained on (there was obvious rain in the forecast) and to make sure and take their share of them....leaving us high and well ...wet!
Our arrangement is that in exchange for half of the hay they are to cut and bale our field, leaving us bales to use for whatever or to sell. The first cutting was in big round bales, which we have about 11 remaining of. The second cutting was square bales in which they were supposed to stack and put a tarp over. They claimed the hired help wasn't worth the trouble and fired them, leaving our bales in the rain and making sure to get theirs home. We have about 160 of those bales, all ruined now. Now on our third cutting we actually didn't expect them to cut. They didn't call, they just came and cut. Well they baled that on Monday and once again left ours to the rain....at least they stacked them this time but we didn't even have a chance being as it rained on Monday! Seriously I would have been happier to see them leave it to improve the soil after cutting than to bale it up.
So in my book, they are stealing our hay. We should have really good hay to sell but they've left us with ruined bales twice now and made sure to take theirs. I think we should fire them, I also think they should pay us for the bales that have ruined and take them off our hands. I'm so over it. We were never looking to make a profit selling hay but we had hoped to offset the cost of planting the field. Now, we have a 1/2 of our years worth of hay, most of it unsellable. Really high quality garbage!
I have someone coming (at least I think I do) to take the bales as a donation. At least we can get them off our land as right now they are just sitting on and killing grass.
Still no news on the appraisal. I really hope to hear something this week.