another thirty newly dry cows joining the herd:
had words with the farm owner but he is still convinced that his free draining soils are suitable for a herd walking twice daily from pasture to shed. And forbids the very idea of putting durable material on the tracks... even though the stone could be dug from his own farm.
btw, I am keeping my eyes open for another place. It's only a matter of time till a human or bovine is seriously injured on that.
regrowth of annual ryegrass after grazing the oats - the dark strip was grazed yesterday and the day before, the light green regrowth the day before that.
Just across the fence, where the hemlock was is an area that wasn't grazed from August till December after I'd pulled/chopped all the flowering hemlock. I let the dairy cows in to trample down the long grass and eat what they wanted, and dry cows have grazed the regrowth out hard twice since then. Walking through it the other day there's very few clumps of surviving old grass in the area - but a thick reseed has sprung up.
Still pulling hemlock as it appears. In some places it's appearing in the hundreds.
This one is a simmental cross. Yes, she's a dairy heifer.
No more for May. i took photo today of a severed camera usb cable... the first thing the pup has destroyed since she arrived.
being a good operator simply increases the chances that the owner of your lease block will call it a good farm and sell it for way more than it's worth.