FEBRUARY 29 only comes around every four years but you will have to wait a lot longer than that before you see silage cut in County Limerick in February again.
Contractor Michael O’Donoghue was surely the first man in the country to dust of his mower and start cutting this week.
The Banogue man got the phone call last Friday but it couldn’t even have been an April fools joke as it was only February.
“It was the first time we ever got a call for silage this early. We’ve been farming all our lives and at silage contracting since 1982 and I’ve never cut silage so early.
“Places are very green and fields are forward but we were amazed to get the call, and delighted to start off the year,” said Mr O’Donoghue.
“Last year was the earliest when we cut silage in April. And before that it was always May,” he added.
They gave the mowers a “once over” on Tuesday morning and his sons Ger and Micheal were cutting at noon.
They cut around 35 acres in the Banogue/Croom area and it will be baled on Thursday or Friday.
“People on the roads were shocked to see the mowers out,” said Mr O’Donoghue.
And for February 28 he says the crop was something else.
“The grass was forward and it went ahead of the cows. It wasn’t light at all, there will four or five bales per acre I‘d say,” said Mr O’Donoghue, who is joined in the family business by his wife Margerie, sons