The forage harvester and the rower have been. The grass has been rowed up and collected into the trailer and taken to the clamp on our neighbour's farm (He rents these fields from us). After tea tonight, when the weather is a little cooler, the farmer and I will take a walk across the fields and look at the clamp - so a picture will appear in due course. In the meantime here are some pictures the farmer took this morning - of the rower, the forage harvester and a little group of heifers enjoying the summer sunshine.
It is now evening and the farmer and I have been to the yard to see them tipping the grass from the trailers on to the heap, driving up and down the heap and flattening it down to make a clamp.
This will then be covered until next Winter, when it will be opened up, mixed with a blended ration specially formulated to produce milk, put into the troughs and fed to the cows
I have taken a picture of the pedigree Holstein herd eating tonight - they are eating last years silage mixed with ration. And so it goes on from year to year. It was so very busy in the yard, trailers and huge machinery roaring in and out as more loads of grass came in. Then these sub contract men, who work very long hours this time of year, were off to start on the next farm on their list. It is a far cry from those gentle horse and cart haymaking days isn't it?