The Madness of It All .

We are having here in Ireland one of the wettest summers every while the rest of the world is having a drought and there is talks of food shortages because of the drought. We are going to have animal food shortages here due to the wet because it is nearly impossible at the minute to get two or three fines days in a row to get the grass cut and baled or picked up for the cattle , sheep and horses for the winter. Our horses are fed on Hayledge because when its good the feed quality is good and we have no dust problems which can come with hay. But to make our Hayledge we need three fine days in a row minimum and so far we haven’t gotten it . 

We made on Sunday just before the rain arrived very dry silage that could be fed to the horses if we run short but it wasn’t quiet as dry as we would like for our Hayledge. Sometimes I smile to myself about what a funny community the farming one is , maybe it’s because I left it for a while . Every year not just this year all the farmers seem to get a little excited around silage time now I know it is an important time of the year . They spend their days wondering who else has cut or how did they cut before us . When one farmer starts to cut everyone else jumps on the band wagon and has to cut their grass as well . There is a rush to get their place booked with the contractor before someone else gets it and they are just waiting to get their silage/Hayledge/hay made so they can then talk about anyone else who maybe didn’t time it right and got caught out by the weather. 

The next most important thing for farmers is the weather forecast , whether it’s the one that comes after the news , the one hundred that are on the internet or what some old person predicted . The weather forecast is an obsession with them , I understand why and this year due to the bad conditions it is important to watch what might be coming . But when you start to check the weather every few minutes and then stick with the forecast that suits you the best I think we have hit madness stage. I sometimes wonder if farmers were to spend less time thinking about whoever else is around them and spent that time watching their own farms would they get on a little better and have less to complain about. 

We decided we would mow our Hayledge field yesterday after I told the farmer if he looked up the weather once more I was going to beat him to death with his phone and to just make a decision and stop talking about it . So he did field mowed yesterday , rain on it today but they are giving the next few days to be ok . It’s cut now so whatever will be will be if it makes Hayledge it makes it and if not well the bulls will have more silage. I said this last year and I am saying the same this year , I am glad it only happens once a year because whatever the weather is the madness of it is still the same :).