Even when feeding with a tractor we take advantage of the hills and roll feed out. This hillside is a nice example of what it looks like.
The aim is to get the hay spread out and not left in piles. With the feed rolled out there is enough space for the ewes to eat at, and the residue that will be left is more thinly spread. In our short growing season climate there will not be a rapid breakdown of this residue, and if it lays too thick it will stifle the spring grass growth. If it is spread out the grass will be able to grow through it, and the residue can take its time to breakdown. When it does, it becomes organic matter returned to the soil, complete with fertilizer from the ewes.
In the spring it looks like this.... I’m looking forward to seeing scene like this one again. Not too much longer.