Generally you need six fine days of sun, breeze and low humidity to make hay. Silage takes two days, its cut on day one and usually chopped and carted to a clamp on day two. We make "Haylage" a halfway house between silage and hay, its baled one day three as a rule then wrapped in plastic to ferment. This week Elaine did it all in two days because the crop was light and the weather perfect.
|Mowing Thursday afternoon|
|Spreading to dry in the sun immediately after mowing|
|Rowing up for the baler Friday teatime|
Unfortunately the crop was light, only seven bales from my two acres compared with twelve last year so we will have to have a plan to cope with the shortfall. More old ewes than usual will have will have to go at the end of August.
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