Lifeboat Farm


Ready for hay
January 20, 2010, 10:29 am
Filed under: Hay

We have been waiting for enough fine weather to cut hay for about a moth now. The grass is quite long enough to cut and with the alternating wet and hot days it is getting more ready every day. This is the view from the bottom of the airstrip (our hay paddock) down the valley.

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Some more earthworks
January 4, 2010, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Hay

Having neighbours you can trade stuff with is great. We needed to get a race widened and smoothed out, a neighbour needed some hay – a solution presented itself. Last year when getting our hay raked we discovered the contractor couldn’t get through this narrow spot, so wider it goes.

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Here’s the finished product after a couple of hours work. It looks much more passable and now I can get the rest of the fencing through this area done.

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To get some grass growing on the bare earth as soon as possible, I spread half a dozen bales of last season’s hay over the ground. The seed drops out in the process and the hay acts as a mulch keeping moisture in and birds off the germinating seed.

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It’s great that hay paid for the work to be done and provided the replacement grass seed too – all to make this year’s hay cutting easier – a nice circle.



Post-hay regrowth
February 24, 2009, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Hay, Pasture

We left our grass to get quite long and dry before we cut hay this year. The horses don’t need the lushest feed during winter, just good roughage. As a result, the grass had a plenty of seed and it looks like the hay cutting has dropped a lot of that seed back into the pasture. There is a huge amount of new grass blades growing in every possible bare spot on the pasture which will be great news for the animals as we approach winter.



Our First Hay
January 26, 2009, 9:50 am
Filed under: Hay

This was our first year cutting hay on the property so we had no idea what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised to find we had 500 bales from the two fairly small areas we cut. This turned out to be a pretty big job, but we had some great help from Nick, Louise (and Amy), Neil, Terrance and Greer over the two days.

Here’s one paddock cut. From down the valley, this oval paddock looked like a huge thumb print on the hill.

One tractor with huge spinning rakes went ahead of the bailer – it looks like they are racing here.

Greer, poised to attack the bale…

Neil and Terrance, loading up.