As mentioned in the previous blog, hay cut and baled in the summer is usually used for winter fodder for farm livestock. At Sun Rising, our hay is taken to the local horse rescue centre, Redwings at Oxhill. This feels very much in keeping with our ethics.
Cut late in the season, it’s rich with wildflower seedheads, and so much better for animals than hay made solely with grasses. Where it’s a bit too chewy for the horses at Redwings, we’re told, the donkeys are more than happy to polish it off.
With another year’s haymaking over, we’d like to give a big thank you to Michael who has kindly cut the hay for the last few years, using his wonderful old tractor (with Ben, the dog). And thanks to Chris and Jamie, our gravediggers, who helped take the hay up to Redwings. As we donate the hay, instead of selling it, these kind folk have equally given their time without charging. Thanks too to Tom, Helen, and all at Redwings for their valuable work.