Big wet dampens silage and hay
THE lingering wet conditions will make a sizeable impact on many local farmers looking to make silage according to Elders Wangaratta agent Sue Davies.
“We’re coming into the silage season but conditions are making it difficult to get the machinery out there to start cutting,” she said.
“If it stays like this there will be some areas that were going to be cut for silage that may be left now for hay if the season allows.
“It really depends where you are; most places you wouldn’t want to be driving around at the moment let alone harvesting with heavy machinery.
“Everyone’s in the same position, it’s pretty wet, pretty boggy.
“A lot have sewn pastures that are useless now because of the conditions,” Ms Davies added.
She said while farmers who were able to rotate their stock well enough to protect newly sewn pastures were now in a better position, many would have been handfeeding stock from their hay supply and would be keen to replace what they had used this season, if possible.
“We’re seeing a better line of grasfed cattle coming into the markets now and I expect that will only improve,” Ms Davies said.