We're hoping that these few days of dry weather for the first time in months will help us make hay!
Everybody's talking about a mini heat wave in England over the next few days. That's certainly true for the south of England however in the north of England it's still touch and go as to whether rain from Scotland will make it as far south as LambWatch HQ!
We cut all hay meadows yesterday, Saturday, and so we are now hoping for four or five days of dry, and if possible sunny, weather to give the grass enough time to turn into hay. If it does rain at any point then it's likely that we will have to follow plan B and make silage which is OK but it is more difficult to manage in the cold winter months!
I do hope that the weather does stay dry for you. Scotland, it seems, does need some rain and hopefully they will hang on to it and stop it coming south to Lambwatch HQ. We have had enough for the time being
I hope you have sunny and dry weather although at the moment it looks a little overcast.
I certainly hope that you have good enough weather to dry things out properly. I've just driven the country roads coming back from Toronto and there are huge rolls of baled hay in the fields, but the maize is doing very poorly because of the lack of rain. Wheat and barley are stunted. Will pray for sunshine for you.
Hope it stays fine for you, Sunday and Monday were fine here in Lincolnshire with similar forecast for Tuesday & Wednesday - not sure about Thursday & looks like Friday and Sat may rain. Best wishes for your Hay.
Thank you for all your warm wishes for the weather to be kind to us.... at last ! Well, it worked ! After cutting all the fields on Saturday, we spent all day Sunday playing with the grass, turning it, raking it, turning it, raking it etc and it was a perfect "hay day". Monday morning we continued and by lunchtime the grass had dried sufficiently for us to call the big men in with their machines to bale it and wrap it. The crop was so heavy with being nearly six weeks late with cutting, it would have taken a week to get it completely dry to make into hay bales so it is now wrapped into big bales and each bale is covered with plastic. It is what we call " haylage"... a cross between wet silage and dry hay. The fields are all cleared and we have heaved a great sigh of relief and can now relax, rest our aching old bones and treat the blisters !
That is good news Lynda. Thanks for updating us on the outcome of the haymaking. Enjoy your relaxation now and I hope your blisters heal quickly.
Well done at getting the hay in store whilst the weather was dry. It has been a terrible summer for getting any sunshine. At least the sheep now have all their winter food in the barn and all your family can enjoy a bit of relaxation.
Each day as I visited, I was wondering and hoping about the hay. Great news that you succeeded. Now you can enjoy the Olympics while you rest your bones and blisters.
Great to hear that you have managed to get if sufficiently dried to be useful for winter feed. I'm watching it rain as I write this, and so grateful it has really held off for you. Have some R&R now, maybe watch some Olympics?