The baler has been in action again, this time on barley straw and just to prove everything is early this year - also on wheat. Having some old fashioned buildings unsuitable for large bales we still use a lot of the small conventional bales. As combine sizes increase and hence the swath size they leave behind, it gets increasingly hard to find rows of straw small enough for our conventional baler to cope with. Fortunately our straw for muck arrangement continues with a neighbour.
Apparently inches count and an extra 22 added to the new trailer mean more efficient haulage of bales, so when you are stuck behind a trailer on the roads this summer as least you know we are trying to cut down the number of journeys.
When housed, all our animals have straw bedding which produces a large amount of muck which has to be stored until field conditions are right for spreading. A standing heap produces a liquid discharge and there are regulations for storage and disposal of this as well as the solid waste. We needed a more robust system for storing the liquid prior to spreading and making use of a large
pipe end, a square hole was dug and the round pipe inserted.
Further ingenuity from my husband means a lid was created, made out of concrete of course.
So, we now have a secure liquid storage tank. next problem, how to empty it - for this dear reader you will have to wait till next month as it has yet to arrive though the bank balance has taken a dip.
The concrete mixer has not been idle this month. One pad takes three days. One to prepare, the second to lay and the third to remove the formers.
The floor won't have hardened in time to store grain this harvest which the long term plan, in the short term it will continue as a straw shed.
Excitement ! A new concreting tool has been puchased; picture below of Phil using the bull float. Actually quite clever as it can be angled so when it is pulled towards you it doesn't bring the cement with it. No more kneeling down and stretching over with a trowel whilst balanced on a crawling board; ah! modernisation.
How to say cool if you are a sheep.
Have your coat taken off. Not before time as the muggy weather is condusive to fly strike. We are having to keep a close eye on the lambs and didn't need the unforecasted heavy showers yesterday just after we had applied the fly control chemical ...... or had 400 straw bales unstacked.
How to say cool if you are a Poppy .