Tim Tyne’s tips

Soar­ing for­age prices

Country Smallholding - - Inside This Month -

Next win­ter it is likely that the price of both hay and straw is go­ing to be high, par­tic­u­larly in the case of the small bales pre­ferred by many small­hold­ers. This is largely due to the fact that there is vir­tu­ally no carry over of stocks fol­low­ing the rot­ten win­ter we have just ex­pe­ri­enced, which came right on top of a wet sum­mer. There­fore, it is well worth giv­ing some con­sid­er­a­tion to whether you are able to buy in most, if not all, of what you re­quire well in ad­vance — straight off the field, if pos­si­ble, when it is likely to be more af­ford­able. The sav­ings that you could make may be suf­fi­cient to jus­tify the ex­pense of erect­ing a sim­ple pole barn struc­ture for for­age stor­age, if you don’t al­ready have enough un­der­cover space. Fur­ther sav­ings can be made by buy­ing big bales rather than small ones. Even if you don’t have a trac­tor suit­able for han­dling these heav­ier weights, they can be man­u­ally rolled off a flatbed trailer, pro­vided you are able to park it di­rectly along­side your stor­age area. It is also worth think­ing about us­ing al­ter­na­tives to straw for live­stock bed­ding, such as rushes, bracken or wood­chip.

If pos­si­ble, try to buy hay straight off the field

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