Hay Making

 

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Hay is mature grass that has been cut and allowed to dry in the field.

Haymaking is the traditional way of storing grass.

June/July is when the hay is made.

The hay must be turned each day for approximately six days before it is dry.

It is usually collected in bales and stored in a barn.

Successful haymaking is dependent on fine weather because the grass must be dried to about 18% moisture content.

Damp hay will go mouldy and cannot be eaten by animals.

One tonne of fresh grass will produce 250kg of hay.

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