My friend, Jackie Talbot, runs a farm and a livery stable near Ross-on-Wye. As part of her horse management business she not only grows enough high quality fodder for her own charges but sells her surplus to other horse owners.
“Cutting part of the new ley* haylage crop! Eeek!”
Whatever machines they use, our farmers need sunshine, plentty of it, during te haymaking season. The end of May and the beginning of June seem fine but the Britsh weather can change in two turns of a cat’s tail. (Editor: And it has!)
Just wake up and smell the hay!
Thanks again to Jackie
While more of our countryside seems to be fair game for the concrete pilers our farmers maintain their efforts to keep us well-fed. They also remind us that we owe everything to the land. Perhaps you have some videos or photographs to help remind us that we once lived in a market town at the centre of rural life.
“Thought you’d like to see this magic machine , over 35yrs old , McConnel Balepacker. It bundles the bales in to 21 bale packs for easy clearing of the field . They stopped making it 30 years ago but the modern versions Bale Barron or Bale Bandit are imported from USA and cost in excess of £50k !!! “.
Editor:Jackie farms in Ross”