I am the fourth generation of my family producing forage on this farm. In 2007, I started to experiment with haylage production and then, in 2010, I had a very long established local seed company blend a special mix of grass seed to suit my soil and climate conditions which leaves me able to produce my own unique forage.
I bale in big square bales because it makes a much better airtight bale and is so much easier to feed as it comes off in flakes while keeping the haylage from going off. The bales from the 2016 crop will all come with a weight sticker which I feel going forward will be much fairer for both my customers and myself.
A sample is taken of the grass in the field and sent to a laboratory to check the nitrite levels before I mow, and then, after two months, the haylage itself is all tested by the Irish Equine Centre in Johnstown Naas. New customers will always receive the paperwork with their first purchase which will detail nutritional and fungal results.
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