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Leaving hay to "sweat"

DJHay

New Member
Interested to know what people do with big bales regarding keeping them out? We have a bit of rain coming in this weekend, they've been baled 3 days ago and there is good weather after the damp weekend. Better to keep them out for a few weeks?
 
Interested to know what people do with big bales regarding keeping them out? We have a bit of rain coming in this weekend, they've been baled 3 days ago and there is good weather after the damp weekend. Better to keep them out for a few weeks?
If their squares get them moved they will suck moisture out of the ground the ground was damp before this weather and bales don’t want leaving on it whatever shape or size
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
There's next to no dew here.


Fetching bales in til 10pm last night, tyres still bone dry going across the fields

I was out at 5.30 this morning, as I wanted to gather and treat lambs before it got to hot for the dogs/sheep/me. There was a low mist on the grass fields until about 6, and the sheep were all damp when I started.

The hay we've baled has all been done after 3pm, as it needed some heat to dry out each day.
 
I was out at 5.30 this morning, as I wanted to gather and treat lambs before it got to hot for the dogs/sheep/me. There was a low mist on the grass fields until about 6, and the sheep were all damp when I started.

The hay we've baled has all been done after 3pm, as it needed some heat to dry out each day.

Same here, sorting lambs at 5.30 (in the cool) and I put on wellies, but really, my boots would have been fine...
 
if they are round bales stack them on their ends, so then there are funnels in the stack in the shed to let the heat rise, but I was told always leave round hay bales out for two weeks before putting them in the shed.
 

Nithsdale Farmer

Member
Livestock Farmer
I was out at 5.30 this morning, as I wanted to gather and treat lambs before it got to hot for the dogs/sheep/me. There was a low mist on the grass fields until about 6, and the sheep were all damp when I started.

The hay we've baled has all been done after 3pm, as it needed some heat to dry out each day.

It's funny how the weather is different over such a small land mass, isn't it?

We had 2-3 very humid days here start of last week. 0 drying, despite being very warm. Sweating buckets just thinking about moving, but the grass was still soaking at 5pm and the bare ground stayed damp in the shadows.

The sun burst through last Wednesday and it's been clear skies and very hot every day since. No low cloud/mist at night and no - or very little - dew. Proper baking here!

I don't like heat and am struggling though - my milk bottle legs are on show, and that's a real rarity
 

Speculative coverage on the gene editing consultation response

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Speculative coverage on the gene editing consultation response

Written by Defra Press Office

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There has been coverage today in the I and the Guardian, reporting on speculation around the upcoming government response to the recent Gene Editing consultation, which closed on 17th March.

A full government response, which will include a thorough analysis and summary of the responses to the consultation and which will set out our next steps, will be published in due course.

Gene editing has the ability to harness the genetic resources that mother nature has provided, such as breeding...
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