More for­age fears

Country Smallholding - - Tims's Tips -

In the pre­vi­ous is­sue ( Coun­try Small­hold­ing, July 2018), I ex­pressed con­cerns that the price of for­age would be very high dur­ing next win­ter, but, hav­ing seen the quan­ti­ties of hay that have been baled dur­ing the cur­rent spell of fine weather, you are prob­a­bly think­ing that my fears were ground­less. How­ever, bear in mind that many farm­ers rely on tak­ing two (or more) cuts off each field dur­ing the sea­son and under the cur­rent con­di­tions the amount of re- growth is neg­li­gi­ble. The sec­ond and sub­se­quent cuts are there­fore likely to be very light, re­sult­ing in con­tin­ued short­ages. Watch this space.

A month af­ter mow­ing, this field still has bare patches. The sec­ond crop is go­ing to be scanty

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