Crows spoiling bales


Livestock Farmer
North Yorkshire
We baled some 4 stringers last summer, looked good haylage, wrapped them with 6 layers and stacked them in the field. Contractors looked to do a good job baking and wrapping them, any tears I patched up from handling them (bale squeeze)
Been feeding housed in lamb ewes on them, at least half of them have been pecked open by crows and spoilt, I've tried to salvage as much as I can, but a good few bales are nakkered.
I'm gonna have to buy in some hay to make up for the bad bales, and paying twice bloody smarts!! 😤😤😤
I'd love to make hay and store it, but we don't have the room
What options do I have to stop them buggering it all up this year?




North West Devon
Move them against a hedge as soon as they are wrapped. The crows go after the insects that land on the newly wrapped bales however the crows do not seem to touch them if the bales are against a hedge. Otherwise use a banger until bales have been stacked then cover with a net.
I had afew bales done in the clear wrap picked buy crows but the black stuff have been fine, 6layers,wrapped at stack and end stacked, no clear wrap this season, very frustrating.


Always cover the stacks here with the old pit silage secure covers. Hanging dead crows on a stick/string and also lying a few on there backs ,wings outstretched seems to frighten the others away. They are sods this time of year during nest building/breeding time.

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...