Phil mowed for an hour early this morning. I then spent almost two hours spreading all the hay that has been cut so far. We have just (4.30pm) bought in the hay that was cut on Monday. There is a lot of Cat’s Ear (Hypochaeris radicata) and other broad leaved plants in part of this section of hay. The broad leaved plants seem to be slower to dry then the grass. However, the plants in this section have if anything slightly over dried, and crumble if roughly handled. Making hay by hand allows you to be gentler then when using a machine, meaning we can minimise losses from “leaf shatter”.
We are bringing in the hay by loading it into dumpy sacks and dragging it along. Simple but effective, and luckily the barn is not too far away. We are in the process of making a bicycle wheeled handcart, and it will be interesting to see how it compares. It should be easier to pull (although the dumpy sacks slide easily) and hopefully easier to load.
Later this evening, we will bring in the hay cut on Tuesday and row up this mornings mowing and the “Stackpole” hay.