Hay types available from
We produce lucerne,
clover and permanent pasture hay, and these can be supplied in
medium square bales, 80mm x 90 mm x 2400 mm (31.5 in x 35in x
8 ft), round bales. Small square bales are baled to order.
Balers used are, New Holland super 417 small square baler, New
Holland BB940 medium square baler and John Deere 590 round
Six cuts of lucerne are
produced each season, depending on weather conditions,
normally starting late October early November and continuing
though to April.
All Lucerne is cut with a John
Deere 1470 mower conditioner, we find this machine gives just
the right amount of crimping to speed drying, without damaging
leaves. The windrow is normally raked to increase size for
baling, to retain colour and for even drying. The windrow is
turned once more to retain colour and speed drying time. When
cured it is baled either in square bales (big or small) or
round bales to suit the customer.
Apart from mowing and carting,
lucerne is handled either late at night, before the dew sets,
or in the morning, as the dew rises. This maximises the
retention of the leaf and makes for softer hay. In our climate
it takes about five days to make top quality lucerne hay,
there is a degree of skill and knowledge in making top quality
lucerne hay, but luck with the weather plays a big part.
We cut most weeks of the
season, so there will be hay of a quality and price to suit
any industry use, from the fussiest horse owner to the dairy
farmer that wants more milk in the vat or the beef farmer that
wishes to top the market.
Oaten hay is handled with the
same care as the lucerne in the mowing, raking and baling,
making a high quality product for uses including chaffing,
feedlotting and dry cow feeding.
Pure clover hay or clover and
rye grass hay are suitable for the horse industry, fatting
both sheep and beef cattle and putting more milk in the vat
for dairy farmers. Clover is handled in a slightly different
way, as it is higher in moisture when cut, it requires a
longer curing time. Supplies of clover hay can be limited at
times as it is only cut once a year.
Permanent pasture hay is a mix
of white clover and rye grass and can be cut more than once a
season. The best quality is spring cut, while the clover and
rye are young. Later cuts in the summer can have more summer
grasses and are normally of a lower quality. We only cut in
the spring to get the best quality. This hay is suitable for
horses, sheep, beef cattle and dairy cattle.