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"What the Hay" pictures on MontanaPictures.Net (Page one of eight)

     91804 Utica,Montana

     People work hard preparing for winter in Montana.

     On September 12th they take a break from the work and have a little fun.
     What started out as a joke between two neighbors back in 1989
     has “stacked-up” to be an annual September event called the “What the Hay" contest
     organized by the Utica, Montana "Rod and Gun" club.
     NOTE: The following is a fictitious account of how the “What the Hay” contest in Utica, Montana was started fifteen years ago.
     For over one hundred years hay has been cut and stored for winter cattle feed in Montana.
     Year after year, the cattle faced the same three basic choices of hay for dinner.

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     62203 "Beaver slide" near Maverick Mountain (Dillon, Montana)
     Originally, the hay was stacked in tall piles with the use of a “Beaver slide.”
 
     120703 "Deep Creek" Valley (Townsend, Montana)
     Later the hay was "cubed" into eighty-pound rectangular bales. 
      92504 Helena, Montana
     The eighty-pound rectangular bales are easier to move, you just throw a bale on your truck. (See below)
     92404 Geyser, Montana
     Unfortunately, the bale is a labor intensive method of storing cattle feed.
 
      41303 Augusta, Montana

      Finally, a third method was developed about three decades ago.

      The hay was rolled into two thousand pound round bales.
      Frankly, the cattle were getting bored with the repetitious food presentation.
      In an effort to spark interest in the nutritious but boring hay
      new designer hay” dishes were developed.
      The new dishes were introduced to the cattle for dinner and follow-up surveys were conducted.
  
      The following page has some of the survey results:
 
 
 
 
"What the Hay" pictures (Page one of eight)
 
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