IT rained last night so no cutting hay today. I have the fear. I think I am losing my nerve for hay. But every few days there is a chance of rain and if it is over 40% the risk is too high.
Our next good break looks like starting on Monday. And the oats have already gone to seed along with the alfalfa.
I always get it in eventually though, but the protein levels will be low for this batch.
And happy pigs. Today I will shift the four Uglies into the Big Pig Pasture. Then after giving this little field a break, so I can watch and see if there is any regeneration of the underplanting of the field, I will bring in Poppy’s Six.
The pig pastures are still evolving but I already know for sure the sunflowers were a good choice.
The latest battle of the thistle war is over for the home fields for a few weeks. Today we will relocate our spades and weed eater over to the West Side and start there.
My small alfalfa fields are working well. I open the gates for the cows to wander in at will for a period of two or three days and the animals are growing nicely. Watching ciws is interesting. Cows do not eat all day long. A contented field cow does not gorge. They take long cud chewing rest periods a number of times a day. They have a choice of grass or alfalfa in each field and seem to graze for a while in the alfalfa then move off to the grass for their break then their next meal begins with grass and moves back into the alfalfa. They seem to naturally pace themselves.
I always introduce cows to a new field in the early afternoon – after a mornings grazing.
No bloat. Though my cows get no grain so their bellies are better set up for the rich greens. And it is getting to mid summer now and the alfalfa is more mature which is better eating. All these components are part of my equation in the pursuit of wonderful grass-fed beef.
I would rather feed cows in the field than feed out hay. As you know my objective is to have them on fields longer and longer each year – right into the winter.
OK. Time to start work.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: A good day for cows!
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Mostly cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. High near 80F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
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