We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I used to make hay as a youth spending my summers on a farm in Indiana. My job was to ride on the trailer behind the bailer and stack each bail on the flatbed as it popped out of the back of the bailer. The farmer would drive the tractor and bitch about us on the flatbed working too slow. Later, we would restack the bails into the barn. Hard work but it built muscles!
Traveling through Nevada and California last week, I see the new method is to make much bigger bails (size of a Fiat 500) and leave them in the fields. Another machine would come along and haul them to a shed where a forklift machine would stack them four or five high. Big plastic tenting would then cover it for storage.
Makes sense but it is more capital-intensive and uses less labor. One Mexican can do the work of four Americans!
The other change in style if you have enough moisture or irrigation is multiple cuttings at earlier stages if you are trying to get milk out of the grass instead of just making bales of cellulose fiber. In the 70's it was 2-3 cuttings. Now we chop the first for silage around May 1, and then every 5 weeks thereafter. Some folks even go every 28 days for 7 cuttings.
Makes for a big difference from the past when a 50 pound herd was great, today an 80 pound herd is just average.
Yes it is capital intense, but it also means greater odds of long term success if you gamble properly.
We are going backwards about 20,000 years to be eco friendly. That is NO progress at all. Especially if you wan to feed enough humans on this earth. If not then going back 20,000 years will be just about left.