Originally from the UK, Mike Faulkner moved out to Ontario back in 2000 to milk a 50-cow herd of commercial Holsteins. Those dairy cows have long since departed, replaced by a 12,000-bird egg-laying enterprise and, more recently, a hay operation that ships around 115,000 small bales a year down to wholesalers and retailers in Florida. Here we focus on the forage part of the business

For today the forecast is fine, with perhaps a 20% chance of some light rain after lunch. Day Two — fine. Day Three — fine. Day Four — fine. Day Five — Lord only knows? In Canadian haymaking speak, that means it’s time to crack on and mow a meadow or two before the weather inevitably breaks.