Let there be hay

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Check out our beautiful looking oats crop. In another five or six weeks it will probably be as tall as my chest!

It’s about then we head into it with the mover and cut it all down in rows. Then we leave it to cure (dry out), rake it and start baling.

Haymaking is a time of the year we really hope it doesn’t rain. Rain decreases the quality of the hay and can make it turn mouldy if it rains for too long and the rows of hay stay wet for days on end.

Mouldy hay doesn’t do the stock any good either — in fact, if they do eat it, cows can abort their calves from a nasty bacteria in the mould.

And of course, if you bale wet hay, there’s always the chance of losing your haystack through a fire — wet hay bales have been known to spontaneously combust … a bit like me when I lose my temper!

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