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.
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.
|Mowing Thursday afternoon|
|Spreading to dry in the sun immediately after mowing|
|Rowing up for the baler Friday teatime|