Down on the Farm - July

Colin Williamson
Colin Williamson

With Colin Williamson

IT’S Tuesday night, well only just and I am pleased to say it is raining.

Not that I thought some rain would do some good but we have been going at it (hay making and haylage making) since last Tuesday, working any daylight hour and a few dark ones as well.

All we had cut before the mower burnt out we have made into some really nice hay, some in round bales, some in quadrants (that’s the 6-8 ft x 4 ft by 2 ft) and some just a wee bit smaller than the six quadrant.

Not that we have got any of it led into the hay shed yet, but once it is baled up it is usually safe.

On the last field just before Dave Hill’s baler came in, I managed to turn up some grass that hadn’t seen the light of day since we cut it.

The headlands are always the same when we are turning on top of the grass.

It gets shoved into the ground and then when finishing off the field going a couple of times round the edge, sometimes all the cut grass isn’t turned up, but I managed to dig it all out when rowing up for the baler.

Graham did pass comment as to whether I wanted these wrapping as well, but there was only three or four bales and the wet grass usually seemed to get in a prominent position on the bale. To make them look worse, the rest of the field was in brilliant condition, good ryegrass hay.

I thought that can’t be bad, breathed a sigh of relief, only to hear my father in the background twittering ‘there’s more bad hay made in a good time than in a bad time’.

I will clarify the comment as some farmers will bale hay too early before all the sap is dried out of the grass.

There is always that temptation when the sun is beaming down, but baled too early and the hay heats up in the bale and then moulds.

The three or four round the headlands may warm up a bit, but the rest are mint so I say.

We did manage a look over to Mr Todd’s farm at Lockton after I rang him up to see a young blonde bull a replacement for the one we sold at the beginning of June.

We saw a very smart young lad; good top line and well muscled. We had no hesitation in saying yes we will have him, though he has a lot of growing to do yet.

We turned him out into a field with eight maiden heifers, they should be able to teach him all he needs to know.