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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 7th October, 2020)

Making hay

Making hay
Making hay bales while the sun sets - Worthington.

Photo: David  (Panasonic FZ330)
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Comment by: Veronica on 7th October 2020 at 08:14

Love this scene - it's timeless.

Comment by: Hugh Wilson on 7th October 2020 at 08:24

This is straw, probably wheat straw, that is being baled and will most likely be used as bedding for cattle. Straw is the dried stems of cereal crops leftover after the the grain has been removed. Hay is grass that has been dried after cutting and is used as cattle feed.

Bales wrapped in black plastic are silage (grass cut but not dried before baling) Bales in white plastic are haylage (grass cut and partially dried before baling). Both silage and haylage are used as a winter livestock food.

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th October 2020 at 09:05

Lovely scene.

Comment by: Gary on 7th October 2020 at 09:11

Hugh - thanks for your comment. I've learnt something. Always wondered what the white wrap signified.

Comment by: PeterP on 7th October 2020 at 10:44

I have seen bales wrapped in Pink Red Yellow Blue whats in them?

Comment by: Anne on 7th October 2020 at 12:48

PeterP.... I think only the person wrapping them will know. Straw bales in the field behind me a few weeks ago were wrapped in black.
Maybe whatever colour is available at the time. Sometimes not wrapped at all.

Comment by: Maureen on 7th October 2020 at 13:09

Irene..I just want to say thank you very much for your card.x

Comment by: Pat McC on 7th October 2020 at 13:15

Have just been to buy straw bales this morning for bedding for our pet sheep (very pampered) and was told by the farmer that there'll be a shortage this year. Another headache for the farming community. Extremes of weather is having its effect on every aspect of our lives.

Comment by: Pat McC on 7th October 2020 at 13:16

A beautiful rustic photograph David - thank you.

Comment by: Hugh Wilson on 7th October 2020 at 13:41

I don't know about Red, Yellow or Blue wrappings, but Pink wrapping was first used by a farmer in Culcheth to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Pale green or green and white wrapping is an intermediate between the Black for silage and the White wrappings.

Comment by: Poet on 7th October 2020 at 14:41

The colour and significance of hay bale wrappings ! What a wonderful topic of conversation to hold while propping up a bar . This is why I miss the pub so much . Just fantastic . Hugh , you've made my day . And a fine picture too David .

Comment by: Mick on 7th October 2020 at 15:27

Yes you can get them any colored now, there some here for the Derian house charity , Rainbow Colored

Comment by: Edna on 7th October 2020 at 21:17

Thank you David, lovey photo. Also good information in comments.

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th October 2020 at 22:06

Thinking of you, Maureen. Hope you're okay. xxxxx

Comment by: Elizabeth on 8th October 2020 at 07:20

Beautiful scene,well done.

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