Friday, February 19, 2010

Herd Reduction

Shane has taken 2 loads of cows to the stockyard this week. Monday he took 5 cows and 5 calves and Wednesday he took 12 cows and our bull Mojo. It was sad to see them go, but we do not have enough hay to carry them through until it starts to green up around here. Shane had already purchased 40 rolls of hay on top of what he had stored. It has been unusually cold and wet this winter; and those cows and goats have went through the hay. As I mentioned before, our rye grass hasn't produced anything due to the snow and hard freezes. We'll have to see what we'll do when warm weather comes. We are looking at cleaning the fences of the back 40 acres,and running a strand of hot wire around it to start a commercial herd. Who knows what our future will hold for us....To be continued......

1 comment:

  1. Back home in Ohio where winters are always very hard, the farmers plant what they call "Winter Wheat". It is planted in the early fall in time to bring forth green 2-3" sprouts of wheat grass. Then comes winter and it freezes, gets covered in snow, and the wheat goes dormant. When spring comes, after the thaw, the winter wheat comes to new life and again continues to grow. This allows the farmers to get a jump start on their wheat crop when normally it is still too wet to get into the fields to plant. The fall planted winter wheat is now already going strong and has a head start on all spring planting. Shane, your abnormal winter has had this same effect and is what happended with your rye grass. I expect come spring with warmer weather your dormant rye grass will take off like it is supposed to. You will get plenty of rye grass yet, just not when you planned.

    Hope to see ya soon after moving back home to Ohio... Dad & Debbie


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