Horse Drawn Agriculture

During Donald MacGregor's ranching days, work was done with several teams of draft horses and horse-drawn machinery. Meals were prepared daily for seven or eight hired hands during branding and haying seasons. In the 1920's, as many as 30 or more large haystacks dotted the meadow as baling continued into November each year. Oats were also a part of the production crops each year.

Historic methods of hay production continue today following the MacGregor tradition. The original horse-drawn machinery is being restored, and the mowers, buck rakes, side-delivery rakes and the overshot stacker are used each summer and fall. Fall school groups and summer volunteers often have the opportunity to observe and participate in historic haying activities.

Bales of hay are needed to feed the current cattle herd and horse . With the short growing season at 7500 feet, the summer and fall go by quickly, and only one cutting is obtained from the natural grass meadow.