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Silaging at last !

June 22, 2009
June 22, 2009 - Silaging at last !
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Silaging at Hoe Grange
Silaging at Hoe Grange

You never know with the English weather these days - the forecast seems to constantly change which makes it very difficult when trying to decide whether or not, or indeed whether the weather is right to make silage! Silage, for those who don't know, is grass that has been cut and left to partially dry so it can be used as feed in the winter. The difference to hay is that silage is collected when it is still damp and then piled up in a pit and covered with black sheeting to keep the air out to stop it going mouldy. The finishing touch is to cover the sheets with wet, dirty old tyres to hold them down, one of the most unpleasant smelliest jobs of the year! Despite the smell (and believe me it clings to your clothing) cows absolutely love it.

Anyway despite the dull weather when we got up this morning and the slight drizzle, we had to carry on as Sam had spent all day Sunday mowing the grass. Fortunately the gods were with us and by lunchtime the sun was shinning again. We were slightly later harvesting this year so consequently there was too much grass for the silage pit and we will now have to bale the remaining grass in the fields tomorrow. I just count myself lucky that I am a modern farmer and that our harvesting has only taken a couple of days and not a couple of weeks as in days gone by - imagine having to wait for enough good weather to make hay and turning it all by hand!

David

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