Hay Making

by richard on September 26, 2012

After a poor summer we were losing faith that we would ever get our hay cut and baled, but in the evening of 30th August the contractor Roy called to say the mower was on its way. By 9.30 p.m. the hay was cut – mainly by the light of  a near full moon.

Cut at last!

Then the week of watching the weather began – amazingly the weather held although heavy overnight dews meant turning of the hay couldn’t be done before midday. We came home from a visit to Melton Mowbray rare breeds sale on Saturday 8th September to find it all baled, but with the threat of rain on Monday 10th we had just one day to get it under cover.

Ready for baling - the threatening clouds did not shed their load

So Sunday was spent hauling over 250 bales into our sheep shed – a thoroughly exhausting but rewarding day. We should have more than enough hay for the winter so if you are local to the Shropshire Hill and would like some well made, small bale hay you know where to come!

Hay bales in the sunset and far more than we had dared hope

In the meanwhile we have been buying and selling. Our ram Carrcross Malus (photo in a previous post) sold for a satisfying fourth highest price for a Hebridean ram at the Melton Mowbray sale despite not having been in the show on the previous day. A four-horned ram lamb also sold, although only just made its reserve. We bought two ewes, Sherington Querty and Anelog Anni, the latter by chance from the flock to which Malus had been sold.

Later we bought three ewes from the Craig yr Oryn flock.

Two of the Craig yr Oryn ewes

To make ‘room’ two of our older ewes went to a well-deserved retirement in Cheshire where they can still help to keep the grass short.

Our five new ewes after they had settled down together

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