Bailage is hay cut earlier in the season, when conditions are still too wet to dry the cut for hay. It allows the farmers to get out on the land when they are chomping at the bit to get started, but forecasts are not yet for sufficient hot, dry weather.
But because of the moisture, it is vulnerable to rot. The bales once made are immediately transported to Christopher, who is demonstrating below the technique for wrapping bailage bales.
Bailage bales must stay clean and anaerobic, allowing fermentation.
The sheep consider it a huge treat in the fall and winter, and it saves us needing to purchase grain. Thus we continue to produce excellent lamb for private sale, and quality wool products, through our on-line store, and our at home outlet, the Wool Shed.
photos by Jacob