The last week is the first time in two years that I have seen all the ditches full and drains flowing. Replenishment of soil moisture deficits is to be welcomed, as long as the rain knows when to stop. The dry summer as well as allowing a long spell of productive autumn grazing also allowed silage and hay to be saved in excellent conditions.

We are now feeding silage made in early June after a spring grazing and a good wilt. The great advantage from my point of view of very dry, precision-chopped material is that it comes out of the pit so easily that it can be handled by the ordinary heavy-duty bucket on the tractor/loader rather than putting on a silage fork as we have to do for wetter material.