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A day in the life of a haymaking family farm

The final day of making hay is the busiest and toughest part of the process! This clip features the day's highlights.

We've been making the most of the last few days' heatwave by making hay at LambWatch HQ! Lovely, sweet hay; ready for feeding our animals during the winter! This clip features the last day's highlights.

Making hay is usually a four or five day endeavour and, to make the very best hay, it requires warm and dry weather for the whole duration. That's why making hay in the north west of England is very difficult! Having said that, it's not impossible, and this last few days' weather have been perfect hay making weather!

After the grass is cut, the hay is dried by spreading it out with the hay bob for two or three days. Once it is ready, it is rowed up, baled and then brought indoors. Everything was going smoothly during the day. The only hiccup we had was that our elevator, which takes the bales up onto the floor where we store the hay, broke down half way through, which meant we had to take plan B for storing it (storing it on ground level) before the rains come!

We're waiting for a replacement motor for our elevator to finish storing the bales where we want to, though for now, they are indoors and safe from any impending storms and rain!

Making small-bale hay is a physically demanding job and requires a good amount of human-power! In the heat of the day it can be exhausting. That's why not many farmers make the small hay bales these days. We like to make the small bales as we don't really have enough animals to warrant anything bigger, and plus, the smaller bales are easier to carry! It's hard work but incredibly rewarding, once it's all safely indoors (and after a nice cold shower too!!)

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And after the nice cold shower, probably anice cold something to drink. Hard work. Good for you that it's done.

It sounds like you got everything right, That,s good But with our temps ,lately ,it must have been exhausting !

Well done at getting the hay in the barn before the thunderstorms. When I was a youngster - long long ago - I remember collecting hay by horse and cart using a pitchfork - long before the days of bales. What a blessing modern machinery is to farmers.

Hard working Family!