The weatherman has forecast hot weather for this week, although with increasing humidity. So the good and the bad as far as haymaking is concerned. The farmer has taken a risk and begun by cutting our own field for hay (only one field, the rest goes for silage). There is quite a breeze blowing today so that should begin the drying process nicely - then hopefully a hot sun will begin to crisp up the grass before the heavy humidity kicks in and makes it go soft again. If it goes too soft then he will make it into silage. There is always that risk and it does make one realise just what risks the farmers had to take in the days when there was only one cut a year, it had to be hay, and the farmer's livelihood depended upon the hay crop to feed his beast during the winter months. No wonder the farms were small rather than some of the huge farms today where dairy herds are numbered in hundreds rather than tens.
No hay to speak of meant cattle feeding on expensive 'bought in' cattle cake and root crops.
I went out to take this photograph and was assaulted by the wonderful aroma of freshly cut grass - wish this could be a smelly blog.
He has quite a lot of haymaking to do for friends but this looks like a risky week, so he is doing his own first. One at a time - too dangerous to get all the grass down and then be caught out. So keep your fingers crossed for us.