• Loddon Herald

Hay cut and ... drying

WYCHITELLA farmer Keith Bird has cut more than 890 hectares of vetch and oaten hay this month.

Destined for local suppliers and the export market, Keith says that after last week’s 20mm of rain, a few clearer days are needed to help with drying the hay before baling.

“If there’s not much more rain, it should turn out quite good quality,” he said when checking moisture levels in the paddocks.

“The more rain, the poorer the quality ... the protein level comes down. That’s one of the challenges with hay.”

Hay Australia’s Victorian operations manager Geoff Walker says quality hay will be in demand again this season.

Access to containers for export continues to impact the market with fodder being prepared for shipment from the company’s Bridgewater facility.


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