Devon Life Making Silage
Earlier in the year we took back about eight acres of fields which were being rented out to a neighbouring farmer. We had decided to get some Greyface Dartmoor sheep, we didnt want these in with the ‘pet sheep’ so needed some new paddocks.
With some help from a neighbour we fenced off our fields and created two new large paddocks. We then had to wait for the contractors to come in and sow the grass seed. This was a bigger job than I thought as they first ploughed the land, raked it, rolled it, raked it again, sowed the seed and then rolled it again.
All we needed then was some rain to start it growing. Unfortunately, they finished sowing the seed at the time when we had no rain for about eight weeks. For once we were wanting rain!
Eventually the rained arrived and the grass did start to grow. The grass carried on growing and we had too much. So, we decided to make silage out of the larger paddock and the smaller one has a neighbours sheep in it as we are still waiting for our new ones.
Its just long grass which is cut and bailed and then wrapped in plastic sheeting to stop the air getting into it.
The grass was new, fresh and long.
Mr Woolley came along with his tractor and in about 40 minutes the field was cut and in neat rows.
Two days later Mr Woolley was back to spread the grass, just to let it dry a little.