Ideal weather gives us good quality grass for weaned lambs
Published 29/06/2016 | 02:30
With nearly all the silage made in very good conditions, next winter's fodder should be of very good quality.
When weather is good it takes a lot of the stress out of the job - it's just a matter of mowing down dry grass, giving it a run of the tedder the next day and you are ready for baling.
All that is left to do then is to cart all the bales home which is the most time consuming part of round bale silage.
You have to be careful at loading and unloading not to damage the plastic while also trying to get the bales in quickly before the crows and gulls get their beaks into them.
This year, with ground conditions so good at the time of baling there was no problem with trailers getting bogged down or having to leave fields with just a half load.
All these things are a great help at getting the job done smoothly, but most are governed by weather which we have no control over, which is just as well.
All we need now is a good week to make some hay. The grass on these fields is getting heavy and the sooner they are cut the better.
We would rather have fewer bales of good quality hay per acre in late June than ten bales of poor quality stuff a month later.