Big wet damp­ens silage and hay

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - HAY AND SILAGE -

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.

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