Spreader hood or tedding out?


As well as the weather, it depends on the mower. Some leave grass sitting up and spread full width better than any tedder would, other leave a wide row that's stuck to the ground and makes you wonder if the conditioner has done anything.


I never bother tedding out just adjust the spread width depending on the amount of crop and the weather. If you are clamping it you don’t want it dryer like bales.
Whoa whoa whoa, tedding out for making clamp silage may well be necessary if you haven't got the weather to help you. Dull days or heavy dew etc are a thing in some parts of the world, I've said before that all dairy farmers should own or have access to a tedder even if it doesn't get used one year to the next. Nothing worse than overly wet silage. You're hauling water and it can get acidic as fudge, stinging both your cow's and your pocket in the long run.

What looks easy in Hampshire is a far cry from what might happen on the Cornish coast or in Ireland where the grass crops are very heavy and full of moisture to begin with.


Some mowers spread and condition better than others, I find metal conditioner tines wilt the grass far better than plastic ones, once the plastic ones start to wear the spread pattern alters and conditioning gets poorer. I have metal ones on my newer mower having previously had plastic ones and I can take a day off baling from what it use to be and yes I still ted out behind a few hours later, makes a lot of difference.

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...