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𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺𝘀 𝗴𝗼 𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗼𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗯𝗼𝘀𝗰𝗵 𝗘𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲.

We are making silage for the animals to see us through the harsh, dry summer months.

The oats, clover and rye grass mix are ready to cut and bale for silage. This is the result of all our hard work earlier in the year.

We have four tractors working together to get everything done in time. If the process takes too long the pastures dry out and you do not get the best product.

The pastures are mowed with a tractor and a disc mower. This is Hennie’s job. Then follows Bertie who sprays an inoculator to stop mould on the silage mix. This tractor is followed by the baler driven by Willem, all the silage is then baled. This takes about 15 min per bale travelling at an average speed of 7km/h. Lastly, Bertie comes along with the wrapper and picks up three bales, two on the silage wrapper and one in front on the tines of the tractor. Transports all three bales to the storage site and wraps them 24 times to seal the bale completely and preserve the silage until needed.

This whole process carries on every day, 10 hours a day, for three weeks, with military precision until all the pastures have been cut and bales.

We do hit potholes now and then. One tractor broke down. The wrapper gave a lot of problems until Bertie modified it. The baler gets blocked now and then.

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