Sigh of relief as farmers see crops grow and silage cut

The county's agricultural community is breathing a huge sigh of relief as the long spell of warm dry weather has seen them get their silage cut and allow their crops to grow.

Getting the silage cut near Ellesmere
Getting the silage cut near Ellesmere

Farmers had been struggling this year with a cold April and both a cold and wet May.

Some said the growing season was about three weeks behind normal and spring crops suffered.

The last few days have seen those cutting grass for silage, working long, hot hours to get the first crop in.

Sheep farmers and contractors have also worked non-stop, shearing the sheep whose wool had simply been too wet until now.

Saturday saw Fordhall Farm near Market Drayton shear its 130 sheep on what the Hollins family said was a glorious hot day.

Ben Hollins said visitors had been able to watch the shearing from the farm shop.

Weather forecasters say the warm dry spell is set to continue for the next 10 days in Shropshire.

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