Small bale straw and mice

GmB

Member
Location
S.Glos
Does stacking small bale straw on it’s side really stop mice eating the strings?
We don’t make many, but too many are being damaged by mice eating one string, don’t want to go to the effort of turning every bale for no reason.
 

GmB

Member
Location
S.Glos
To much grain going over the back of the combine then baled up with the straw. I agree a cat round the yard is a good thing for a mice problem.
My old combine may be guilty, but my neighbour runs a modern combine and the bales I buy from him sprout growth when left outside.
The shed the bales are stored in is out across the fields away from the main farm, did have a feral cat that had kittens many years ago in residence, I even fed them, but they soon disappeared, probably after they had exhausted the natural food supply!
 

Pan mixer

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Near Colchester
The best thing that I have found for this is to move the swath before baling with a haybob or rake or something, most of the grain falls out, mice starve in thousands.
 

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...
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