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History

John and his father Cedric started making hay for horses over 25 years ago, supplying a few local customers including the Equestrian Centre that was at Burton Constable Hall.  Albeit now John and his son Pete, Smithy Briggs Hay & Straw still make hay from the old meadows at Burton Constable.

BALER SERVICE TIME

Our balers have had the annual health check and are all ready for action for the season thanks to Gary and Mark of Big Bale Services This year the Massey Ferguson 6480 will be on the mini heston baler and a hired, yes orange, Fendt 720 Vario on the Case LB433 big baler

CHANCE TAKEN FOR SOME GRASS PREP WORK

John was out with his grass harrow in very early March after some nice days and drying easterly winds allowed work to commence pulling out last years dead grass.  This will allow the new growth to dominate when it does finally warm up! The grasses have been checked for compaction but suprisingly they are all […]

2012 FORAGE ANALYSIS

Every year we test all our forages for nutrients.  Some early cut crops this year where worth the test but the majority of the hays where very basic in terms of nutrients.      Crude      Description DM % Protein % D Value % ME (MJ/kg) Haylage (May Meadow) 66.6 16.3 70.6 11.3 Haylage […]

SHEPHERD REQUIRED

TO JOIN EXPANDING SHEEP FARMING ENTERPRISE IN NORTH & EAST YORKSHIRE We are seeking a stockperson to work with the expanding Six Valley Lamb Flock on the Yorkshire Wolds. Working closely with the business owners the succesfull candidate will be responsible for day to day management of the flock, record keeping and dealing with exisiting […]

Balers Choice

2012 HAY QUALITY PROVING ‘OK’!

Hay quality for 2012 was never likley to be the best!  The late harvest meant that hay had lost its colour and was well through its life cycle.  Nutrients are low but for the majority of the market that is fine for hay. 2012 hay is now being distributed to our customers.  Normally we would […]

The new Case LB433 baler - awesome!

Straw Harvest

Straw harvest always happens in a rattle!  Barley straw was wrapped up in little more than a week in late July/early August.  Yields where the best weve seen for some years, 2 tonnes to the acre +.  Our new big square baler turned up just in time (pictured) and did what it said on the […]

Combining Wheat

Arable farming disaster

At Smithy Briggs there is only a small area of arable land growing wheat, oilseed rape and vining peas for Birds Eye.  2012 has not favoured a small arable farm.  The UK is dominated by arable crops and all have been challenged and will suffer a yield penalty this year quite imply down to too […]