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Hay 2021

  • 07-06-2021 10:11am
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,808 ✭✭✭ Sami23


    Well lads n lassies - that time year again.
    Anyone think there might be a window later this week and over the weekend to make some Hay.
    Have a field ready to cut here so debating whether to just wrap it or try get Hay from it


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,738 ✭✭✭ CloughCasey1


    Sami23 wrote: »
    Well lads n lassies - that time year again.
    Anyone think there might be a window later this week and over the weekend to make some Hay.
    Have a field ready to cut here so debating whether to just wrap it or try get Hay from it

    Weather apps say no in the West.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,250 ✭✭✭ 893bet


    Have 3 acres down since Friday morning. Would have it saved if the hay Bob was better able to turn it. Gonna be tight. Might end up with haylage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,235 ✭✭✭ JustJoe7240


    We can't get 2 days to cut silage never mind make hay


  • Registered Users Posts: 755 ✭✭✭ mr.stonewall


    Cut a bit yesterday. Tedded out in the evening. Just tedding it again. Has dried better than I thought.
    The week ahead is ok with very little rain mid week. Hoping to bale up next weekend. Hard to leave the chance behind when ground is so good


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,250 ✭✭✭ 893bet


    Cut a bit yesterday. Tedded out in the evening. Just tedding it again. Has dried better than I thought.
    The week ahead is ok with very little rain mid week. Hoping to bale up next weekend. Hard to leave the chance behind when ground is so good

    Cut yesterday? Tedded twice already but won’t be fit till the weekend? Twill be fit before then.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,808 ✭✭✭ Sami23


    We can't get 2 days to cut silage never mind make hay

    Not much rain forecast for this week and ment to be hot all next wend


  • Registered Users Posts: 755 ✭✭✭ mr.stonewall


    893bet wrote: »
    Cut yesterday? Tedded twice already but won’t be fit till the weekend? Twill be fit before then.

    Getting cloudy during the week. Risk of showers could set it back a day or two. A lot of it is grassy and some is surplus grazing ground. Getting sick of the black pudding bales


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭ memorystick


    My neighbour always said that good hay needs rain! Whether before if after cutting I was never too sure.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,835 ✭✭✭ Dunedin


    My neighbour always said that good hay needs rain! Whether before if after cutting I was never too sure.

    Jayus there’s a lad in every place that has a saying/hairbrain idea on something.........


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭ J.O. Farmer


    Dunedin wrote: »
    Jayus there’s a lad in every place that has a saying/hairbrain idea on something.........

    Ah no good hay needs rain alright, I think it's when the grass is growing.

    We don't tend to have the problem so much in this country but that hay from scorched grass that can be baled as soon as it's cut can't be great.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 204 ✭✭ Biscuitus


    Already have 10 acres down. Last year was a disaster for hay so I'm jumping on the opportunity now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,835 ✭✭✭ Dunedin


    My neighbour always said that good hay needs rain! Whether before if after cutting I was never too sure.

    I’ve a neighbour who likes to have silage wet when cutting. I’ve saw him do first cut in July and insist it was brilliant silage!!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 734 ✭✭✭ Tileman


    I would chance it weather wise but all my hay is in Glas so will have to wait another few weeks. Not enough on the meadows either to be fair. Hopefully the lads that have it down it will work out for ye. Should do.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭ memorystick


    Ah no good hay needs rain alright, I think it's when the grass is growing.

    We don't tend to have the problem so much in this country but that hay from scorched grass that can be baled as soon as it's cut can't be great.

    Another neighbour had hay for sale and the local expert/useless farmer went to look at it and insulted the seller by saying “it’s too dehydrated”!


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,093 ✭✭✭ tanko


    Anyone who thinks that hay needs rain obviously wasn’t trying to save “hay” in 1985/86!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,250 ✭✭✭ 893bet


    Mine is gone backwards since yesterday I swear


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,720 ✭✭✭ Say my name


    tanko wrote: »
    Anyone who thinks that hay needs rain obviously wasn’t trying to save “hay” in 1985/86!!!

    The folks here tell of going on their honeymoon to London via rosslare and fishguard and then by train.
    Would have been mid 1970's. The father says it was shocking looking out the windows at farmers just pushing rotten heaps of hay into the field corners.

    Environmentalists nowadays going on about birds just don't realise the hardship and financial hit that a lost crop of hay brought.
    The silage bale allowed a crop be harvested rather than dumped and brought somewhat a certainty of success.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,985 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian


    tanko wrote: »
    Anyone who thinks that hay needs rain obviously wasn’t trying to save “hay” in 1985/86!!!

    That was some hardship, we had gone to silage by then but there was shocking fodder lost and what was saved was very poor.

    Bales silage has plenty of drawbacks but with the change in climate you get feed saved, even in a bad year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,235 ✭✭✭ JustJoe7240


    Another neighbour had hay for sale and the local expert/useless farmer went to look at it and insulted the seller by saying “it’s too dehydrated”!
    If the seller actually got insulted by a clown like that, they need a good dose of cop on themselves.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,250 ✭✭✭ 893bet


    Decided to wrap it. Not worth chance of shower tomorrow.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,835 ✭✭✭✭ Reggie.


    7 acres down here. Looking good. Down 2 days and tedded twice. Be well sorted for the weekend


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,811 ✭✭✭ Good loser


    The folks here tell of going on their honeymoon to London via rosslare and fishguard and then by train.
    Would have been mid 1970's. The father says it was shocking looking out the windows at farmers just pushing rotten heaps of hay into the field corners.

    Environmentalists nowadays going on about birds just don't realise the hardship and financial hit that a lost crop of hay brought.
    The silage bale allowed a crop be harvested rather than dumped and brought somewhat a certainty of success.

    Probably then I had small bales of hay standing in groups of 4 (knots down and out was the rule). When I came to shift them rabbits had made a nest in one of the cavities.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,770 ✭✭✭ davidk1394


    First bit of hay baled here before any rain


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,835 ✭✭✭ Dunedin


    davidk1394 wrote: »
    First bit of hay baled here before any rain

    That’s the shot. Tis an awful pity the pubs are not fully open as you’d have a mighty one up on all the aul begrudging neighbors who said you were mad to be cutting it......!


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,770 ✭✭✭ davidk1394


    Dunedin wrote: »
    That’s the shot. Tis an awful pity the pubs are not fully open as you’d have a mighty one up on all the aul begrudging neighbors who said you were mad to be cutting it......!

    I cut a field beside the road so people could have a good look:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,835 ✭✭✭ Dunedin


    davidk1394 wrote: »
    I cut a field beside the road so people could have a good look:D

    Even better again........


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,808 ✭✭✭ Sami23


    Looks like no Hay window for another few weeks at least :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 734 ✭✭✭ Tileman


    Sami23 wrote: »
    Looks like no Hay window for another few weeks at least :(

    We haven’t had a drop of rain here in past 5-6 days. Lovely warm breeze and weather is good at weekend. Anyone that cut last weekend will get it here no prob.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,808 ✭✭✭ Sami23


    Tileman wrote: »
    We haven’t had a drop of rain here in past 5-6 days. Lovely warm breeze and weather is good at weekend. Anyone that cut last weekend will get it here no prob.

    Not so bad that's great.
    Pretty dull here in the west all week bar a few sunny breaks. Was raining in Galway City this morning again.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,204 ✭✭✭ vincenzolorenzo


    Dunedin wrote: »
    Jayus there’s a lad in every place that has a saying/hairbrain idea on something.........

    I often reckon lads come up with sayings to make themselves feel better.

    A wet and windy May...surely that was some lad trying to take a positive out of a spell of s**t weather!


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