I thought I'd seen it all, hay making Montana style.

Agrivator

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fgc325j

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As the bloke in the commentary stated "they don't get much rain here". From what i can gather, the temperature in the summer is usually around
the 30C mark, if we had that here, in the uk, how much silage would be made. Also, if you watch "Qur Wyoming Life", Mike said that during the previous drought summer he round baled, from 90 acres - the total of 6 bales. And this was with a standard,belt round baler. Different farming
altogether.
 

Dry Rot

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I seem to remember kit similar to the first video being used here in the UK but smaller scale and powered by horses, but I was very young at the time. Occasionally see the rakes (obviously smaller so they fit through gates!) advertised as ornaments, but with the shafts cut off and a tow bar for tractor use. Just because it's old technology doesn't mean it won't work.

I've seen cocked hay made in the West of Ireland and that's a way to make excellent hay in a wet climate.
 

yellowbelly

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I seem to remember kit similar to the first video being used here in the UK but smaller scale and powered by horses, but I was very young at the time.
Farms down on the Trentside in this part of the world used a thing called a Derrick Crane (IIRC) to unload a wagon of hay in one go.
It was like a giant wooden buckrake swung off a thing that was like a ship's derrick. Picked the whole load up and swung to round onto the stack.

I remember the old blokes saying, that if they got it wrong, they sometimes picked up the waggon and horses as well :eek:
 

Danllan

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A friend of mine has a daughter that lives out there and claims that if they have a wild fire they just let all the stock and horses out to fend for themselves, then after it has past they spend a few days with the neighbours sorting out whatever is left.
Yep, heard that happened in Zim a couple of times when I was out there, never saw it though since it was in a different province; in my initial ignorance it seemed a bit ill thought through to me at the time.

But,that written... if the wind is in the 'wrong' direction, the speed of a bush fire and the distance it can 'jump' is hard to appreciate until you've witnessed it - as I subsequently have a few times. :(
 

DanM

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I seem to remember kit similar to the first video being used here in the UK but smaller scale and powered by horses, but I was very young at the time. Occasionally see the rakes (obviously smaller so they fit through gates!) advertised as ornaments, but with the shafts cut off and a tow bar for tractor use. Just because it's old technology doesn't mean it won't work.

I've seen cocked hay made in the West of Ireland and that's a way to make excellent hay in a wet climate.

Could you please educate us youngsters, as to what “cocked hay” is?
 
I seem to remember kit similar to the first video being used here in the UK but smaller scale and powered by horses, but I was very young at the time. Occasionally see the rakes (obviously smaller so they fit through gates!) advertised as ornaments, but with the shafts cut off and a tow bar for tractor use. Just because it's old technology doesn't mean it won't work.

I've seen cocked hay made in the West of Ireland and that's a way to make excellent hay in a wet climate.
Yep, and stooks of Oats, around 1980 I guess.
 

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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