Hay season is normally done and dusted by Christmas in our region but this is the second year in a row we have cut hay in mid January. Good summer rains have resulted in more pastures than our cattle can consume at the moment.
The dilemma is, do we leave the grass
standing and graze it off over the next few weeks with beef cattle & watch the quality of the feed decline or incur the cost of harvesting it and store the grass as hay. With plenty of hay and silage already in storage it’s not a simple decision. Not too distant memories of fodder shortages and a desire to always feed our stock well helped me decide to bale up some more hay.
These fodder reserves will come in handy when seasons change.