Hay Making 2021

150ish small bales off of 2.6ac. Far more than we expected considering the fields have no fert, no manure, no nothing. They are soaking wet all winter, so wet there is a well in the middle.

Those stacked in the yard against the sleepers will be wrapped as come from the outside under the trees.
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Simon Chiles

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Managed to dodge the torrential rain yesterday, it missed us fortunately by about a mile. The big black clouds building didn’t do my blood pressure any good.
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som farmer

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Livestock Farmer
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somerset
sat in our garden, when glastonbury happens, we can hear the music, must be at least 12 miles away, as the crow flies, wind in the wrong direction, sounds like an enormous thunder storm. Top of the farm, you can add the lights as well !
 

Pan mixer

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Near Colchester
At last the washed out hay is dry enough to bale. Spread it out first.

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Rake it up later on.

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Baler man shows up.

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16% ideal for the power station (y)

Once round the field and it peed down. :mad:

Meanwhile at the other end of the farm my helpers are trying to actually finish a 10 acre field that we started yesterday and didn't get much done as it wasn't ready to start until 4 o clock.

Then it peed down there too.

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and the field was abandoned with a few rows left.

Sometimes farming is slightly too much fun.
 

som farmer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
somerset
our haymaking aint been good either, 1st field no bother, 2nd, still unbaled, told baler man to turn first, and come in from the other way, nope, didn't react to stop, front wheel caught gate post, blew tyre, half in/out. And completely blocking the road, new tyre on it's way, 3 hrs.
Tractor only 170 hrs on clock, new tyre £700, hay not baled.
Grass growth since cutting last thursday, is manic, rowed up today, it's green between the rows, like it had been down for weeks, turn it again, there will be to much green in it, think it will have to be wrapped, bugger.
 

Gordy1

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Cut & turned 15 acres on Sunday ready for rowing & baling yesterday but thought I’d leave it for late afternoon/ evening today but the weather dammed caught me out, was beautiful day but just to busy to bale, it rained late afternoon & still raining….oh well there you go he who hesitates is lost….for now anyway.☔️🤷‍♂️
 

DrWazzock

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
All stacked in the shed up the lister blackstone. Every year we say no small bales ever again then we do some more. 700 this year. Not as many as in the good old days but enough for two 50+ year olds in this heat. Last stuff was meadow hay nice and dry. Ryegrass in June was a bit damp. Something will eat it.
 

Gordy1

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All stacked in the shed up the lister blackstone. Every year we say no small bales ever again then we do some more. 700 this year. Not as many as in the good old days but enough for two 50+ year olds in this heat. Last stuff was meadow hay nice and dry. Ryegrass in June was a bit damp. Something will eat it.
I like the small bales reminds me of my younger days pitching them up onto the trailer with the pitch fork laughing when you dropped it back over your head if you had heavy ones & they were stacked high on the trailer, then the bale slave came along took a lot of the hard work out of it just had to get them stacked for the loader to pick them up after leaving the sledge…..happy days😅
 

35% of English and Welsh farmers possibly/probably depressed

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has today, Thursday, October 14, published the findings of The Big Farming Survey, which shows 35% of English and Welsh farmers are either possibly or probably depressed.

The survey, based on over 15,000 responses, concentrates on the health and well-being of the farming community in England and Wales in the 2020s.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a national charity that provides support to the farming community across England and Wales.

Mental health​


Mental well-being, the survey notes, describes our ability to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday life.

According to the survey, 14% of the farming community is ‘possibly depressed’ while...
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