Harvest done, Haydens get ready for jolly good rest

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Betty-Lou, Ryland, 5, Evelyn, 3, and Luke Hayden.
Camera IconBetty-Lou, Ryland, 5, Evelyn, 3, and Luke Hayden. Credit: Justine Rowe

Harvest is finished and the Haydens are feeling merry as they approach a two-week break.

It has been a good year for the Mid West farmers, who cropped 2600ha of wheat and barley at their leased and owned property between Morawa and Canna this year.

Betty-Lou and Luke have farmed together for 10 years, originally starting out at Bindoon where they still run a successful oaten hay operation and 200 head of black Angus cows.

“We wrapped up our hay making in the first week of November, so it’s been busy with harvest since then,” Ms Hayden said.

“For what we produced from the rainfall we were very happy with our results this year.”

About 85 per cent of their program was wheat, while the rest was barley, which Ms Hayden said “yielded very well”.

The family rolled the header into the shed on December 10 after wrapping up harvest just a few days before a 25mm downpour.

After a few days at Bindoon, the farmers will head to Busselton for a relaxing holiday.

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