We have been topping the fields with 'Maggie' the Ford 4000 and the Perfect topper. She does a good job and cuts the thistles at the same time. I usually walk around the fields cutting the thistles with hedge shears or my jungle slasher. The mixed weather makes the grass grow like mad and get in front of the cattle.
I bought the topper a couple of years a go and it's probably the best 650 Euros I have ever spent. I still cut some of the thistles in awkward places that the tractor can't get. Especially on high lockers only suited to four wheel drive tractors. We are saving some of the fields for hay, haylage or silage if it becomes too wet for small square bales of hay.
I remember when we use to come here on holidays and we would help my granddad and uncle and neighbour farmer make the hay with pikes and horse and cart. My mum and grandmother would walk down to the fields with small bottles of bass bitter or Guinness, currant cakes and a bottle of cold tea in a old sock. There's nothing more refreshing on an hot summers day. Those were the days, sadly gone for ever!
Anybody else doing any topping with their tractor? Have you got a vintage tractor? What's it called?