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tatti

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tatti says:

There is no hay in Suffolk!

Well, there probably is hay but, not in our part of Suffolk/Essex - the farmers cant cut due to the wet weather and there is only rubbish hay left from last year's - have been having a nightmare time, bought two lots that my horse wouldnt eat, I think it had been re baled and then bought 16 bales today, only to find it was musty inside/ smells old, and my horse is refusing to eat it, the chap who supplied it is taking it back, but I am shall then be on haylage again at £7 a shrink wrapped bale, until the sun comes out and they can cut. Is anyone having problems there end? I have heard that the hay will be silly prices this year, as the farmers can only get one cut, and thats if the sun shines!!!

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: There is no hay in Suffolk!

Nothing has been cut here yet. The fields are too wet for them to be able to get the tractors on to cut the fields and the grass wouldn't dry even if they did cut it. I am in Nottinghamshire. Don't know what we will feed this year if they don't manage to get a hay cut done this year, there isn't any hay left from last year and i've got 4 to feed.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: There is no hay in Suffolk!

Most of us are using hayledge, but not much needed as the 4 horses in the field of about 10 arcres are anable to keep up with the grass. I was under the impression as many the most you could obtain was 2 cuts for hay if lucky, but informed by the farmer that you can get 3 as he has laid down fields for hay which should come into their own by next year. Hayledge years ago had strings around like a normal small hay bale but not anymore the reason I am informed is that the big round bales are converted and packed by someone who comes round with an artic and the machinery and will convert to small bag hayledge.

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: There is no hay in Suffolk!

Kevin, yes you can get 3 cuts but it all comes down to the weather - if it's too wet you can't cut, and that's what's happened this year.

The local livery yard did manage to cut some of their fields for hay in May, when we had a good dry sunny week, but I don't think anyone else has managed to.

All the fields round here (Devon) that would normally be for hay are still uncut, and the grass is seeding and looking a bit past its' best, but if we do get sufficient dry weather to cut it'll be better than nothing.

Then if we have more sun / rain, and then a good dry September we MAY get a 2nd cut if we're lucky.

It's going to put the prices up, as it must be the same pretty much all over the country, and the corn harvest isn't looking good either, as a lot is battered down and rotting at the base, which will put feed prices up as well.........

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toochi

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toochi says:

no hay

hi just been informed there could be no hay in the north east also , farmer saying people will have to move to hayledge , no ideal for good doers that are field kept . small riding school near me has had to dump their hay on muckheap , normally its kept outside and is fine as no storage but because of the heavy rain , and sudden heat spells in between it has sweated and turned mouldy . she can only buy as needed now so cant get stocked up . i do remember worring last year as farmers were saying they were goin to run out and prices went up , but i never had any problems getting hay . overheard another farmer in feed shop saying they would run out of hayledge mid winter so maybe silvermoor lite or other small bagged hayledge might be the only option , not sure how this would work for field kept horses ,that normally just share round hay bales , personally myself wouldnt really want my mini shetti tucking into add lib hayledge .

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amber4ever

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amber4ever says:

Re: There is no hay in Suffolk!

 We are all at hayledge at our yard and seem to have done ok with it this year! However the thing we are having trouble with is straw we can't seem to get any!!Has anyone else had this sort of problem??

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: There is no hay in Suffolk!

What happens when no hayledge has been cut either like here? At the moment there is literally nothing being cut so nothing to feed over winter!!! Really hope the weather improves so at least we will have bad quality hay/hayledge to feed instead of nothing.

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: There is no hay in Suffolk!

Our feed merchant ran out of haylage in May this year which is unheard of - due to the wet weather at that time here people hadn't been able to turn their horses out for the summer the way they usually do and so were still having to use feeding.  They still had hay left but it didn't last as long as the haylage usually does as I had to feed more of it and they ate it faster than haylage, so it wasn't very economical at all.  I ended up going about 30 miles round trip to a farm I was told about that still had some and I got two large bales and then my feed merchant managed to get hold of some more of the round bales too.  They now have some new stuff as well, we had a right good dry spell following all the rain and lots of cutting was done, but now here we are again all washed out so those who weren't ready to cut a couple of months ago are finding it harder.  Last week we had about 5 good dry days so a few fields were cut and baled then, but mainly I think for silage and cow feeding.  Dread to think what winter is going to be like on the old purse strings.  At the moment I use the large round haylage bales at £25 each and I'm using between 2 and 3 per month as I bring my horses in at night and we have one still at home who hasn't been out in the grazing this year as the farmer I rent the field from doesn't particularly like him (he eats the trees and the fence posts) not to mention he pulls off his expensive remedial shoes too, so he gets out in the riding paddock at home with his haylage and gets exercised etc but I do wish I could get him out with his pals, although he seems happy enough having all the 1:1 attention!

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unicornleather

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Re: There is no hay in Suffolk!

I think the whole of the UK is going to be short of alot of crops this year, hay included it's dire out there in the fields isn't it?

No doubt all the prices will rise accordingly too on what hay there is to be had!

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Leo2980

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Leo2980 says:

Re: There is no hay in Suffolk!

I was talking to my farmer YO at the weekend about this very issue.  He has assured me that people are panicing for nothing and that hay will be made - albeit later in the year than normal.  He did say that the hay made would not be the best quality (not worried about that with two very good doers!) and that prices should not increase (unless people are being greedy) as there will be plenty about.  If he's not worried then nor am I!!!

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TruStar

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TruStar says:

Re: There is no hay in Suffolk!

We have been lucky here. Most farmers have two cut of hay so far. The Barley fields are empty and the wheat is also nearly ready for harvesting. The weather God is really unfair some places they have fires and everything is dry, other places are flooded.

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