Flocks will benefit as vaccination costs come down
All hay and silage has been saved after what can only be described as a great two weeks of weather. Only paddocks that go too strong for grazing will be bailed as silage from now on.
All the silage bales have been transported home and are stacked by the sheds. We find this more efficient than leaving bales on the out-farm which then have to be moved home for feeding during winter.
Some of the hay has been put in the shed but most is still outside in the fields. They are all 4x4 round, which helps reduce the labour requirement getting them back to the shed.
We usually have one tractor loading in the field, the JCB loader at the shed and another tractor ferrying the trailers from the field to the shed.
This means with three people we can move a lot of bales in a few days. The most important thing after making good hay is to have proper storage facilities.
I must admit, though, that I'm curious as to whether this new bailer from McHale that uses plastic instead of net wrap to keep the bale together, will allow up to store outside for a period instead.
We have no lambs weaned yet but all are due to be weighed next week when they will be weaned at the same time. They were all dosed for stomach worms three weeks ago.
After weaning any fit for sale will go direct to the factory off their mothers. The ewe lambs will be picked off and put on grass that has been topped and fertilised after its last grazing by the ewes and lambs.