Eight Acres - the blog — hay

Forage crops, pasture, hay - isn't it just grass?

Jan 20 2020 1 Comment Tags: cattle, forage, grass, hay, pasture

Every year, no matter if it rains or not, we need decisions to manage our stock feed through the winter. We need to ensure that we have the right balance of stock for the feed available, whether that is hay or pasture, so that we can maintain healthy animals and healthy pasture.

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Planting forage oats

Jul 30 2012 0 Comments Tags: Cheslyn Rise, hay, oats

After we brought in the sorghum hay that was growing on the property when we bought it, and had our soil test results, Farmer Pete spent several weekends (and several jerry cans of diesel) ploughing about 25 acres of the cultivation area in preparation for sowing oats.  Then we bought oat seed and organic fertiliser and tried to figure out how the old cultivator drill worked....

It wasn't as...

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Fabricate a round-bale holder at home

Jun 06 2012 0 Comments Tags: cattle, fabrication, hay, round bale

Round bales are a cheap way to buy hay for stock when the grass dries off in winter or if you're keeping them in the yards. Round bales without round bale holders don't last more than 24 hours with our cattle! They tend to pull the whole thing apart and then lie down in it, poo in it and refuse to eat the rest. It makes a very expensive pile of mulch! With a good round bale holder, most of the hay...

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Making hay

Apr 30 2012 0 Comments Tags: cattle, forage, hay

I can't claim to be an expert on hay, but I've certainly learnt an awful lot about making it over the past few weeks!

Since owning cattle we have spent a lot of money on hay, in round bales and square bales, to feed to our animals when we ran low on grass. For ages I couldn't understand why the cattle didn't eat the dead dry grass in winter. It seemed to me to be exactly the same as hay. Well I...

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