Thanks so much for this Choochter. It seems to me that there are plenty queueing up to do the grass for us, and not so keen when we mention having a go ourselves. I definitely don't want to look at it out the windowm I want to learn and have a bit of a go if we are doing it.30 acres is a decent skelp of ground, @True North should be farming it/managing it themselves, not just looking out the window at it.
They should be encouraged to start doing the straightforward things first, like hay turning.
I've mentioned some other things in my post above.
You'll also have to manage weed control, the cheapest way is with an appropriate chemical and a knapsack sprayer, go round the edges in late spring and make sure you nuke all the docks, thistles and rushes if present. You'll need a qualification to do that - PA1 and PA6 which courses (1 day each) you can attend at an Ag college.
Yes, the costs are mounting up, but you'll have to start somewhere.
Sounds like you wont stop at making hay, you'll be feeding some of it to your own stock eventually.
Best wishes, I started 20 years ago from a zero knowledge base as well.
We've had it topped and farmer locally happy that combined with that it will be controlled with grazing. We can spray if not.
I think there should be a separate post for newbies with people such as yourself just offering a bit of encouragement as having done it first hand.
I will look at those courses, thanks again.