The great weather continues and local farmers have been hard at work harvesting bountiful crops of barley and wheat. This means they can drill their winter crops nice and early, a fantastic thing for an arable farmer. Hay barns, including our own, are brimming with freshly cut hay and straw bales which is a lovely sight. The intermittent rain has meant that a third cut of silage was achieved on lots of farms, a rare thing! On Home Farm the cattle stocking density is very low and as James runs a very extensive system we only take one cut of hay. Only taking one cut of hay means the cattle have access to lots of summer grass that would otherwise have been made into hay for winter. Here’s James Flower with his dog Molly at the barn.