Making hay when the sun don’t shine

THE wet year has brought on reduced silage yield and quality but farmers will have plenty of feed heading into the summer.

Long, wet periods of rain made paddocks across the North East inaccessible and prevented landholders from carrying out regular schedules of fertiliser application.

With this, yields of silage have been down 40 per cent this year, according to Scott Flanigan who has supplied harvesting services for local farmers for the last 15 years.

“It’s just been too wet for too long and with this the growth was patchy,” he said.

“Where it did grow, the yields were okay, but over less area.”

The quality of silage was also average because of the fact harvesting was carried out later and Mr Flanigan said it wasn’t as high in feed value as beef and dairy farmers would have liked.

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