Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Moving the herds again

A little while back I had written about moving our cows and goats through 5 acre paddocks to graze the ball clover down.  You can read about it here.  They were moved from that this particular area about 2 weeks ago.  It had been eaten down pretty low.  In those 2 weeks of "resting" the goat and cattle herds had to be moved back through here because of the growth.  It's amazing how quickly the forage in these areas have recovered and are able to be "re-grazed."  Some may say that it's too soon to put the animals back on it due to parasites, but it is quite high enough that parasites aren't a concern for us.  It's when you have the shorter forage, and the animals are eating practically within a couple of inches off of the ground. 

2 weeks after "resting"
In these pictures you can see that the clover is starting to bloom.  It smells absolutely wonderful  here with all of those blooms.  I told Shane that we could make some bees very happy around here. 

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