Friday, January 4, 2013

Greens and Mineral Feeders

While out in the back 40 taking pictures of the work being done, I noticed a pretty good bit of ball clover coming up. It will be nice for the livestock to have the clover to munch on with the hay while waiting for spring/summer growth to come on.

Ball Clover

I also noticed some other "not so great" green stuff sprouting up everywhere in one of our other pastures.  I've written about it many times before.  To read those posts click here and scroll to the bottom of the post.  It's a type of stinging nettle and it is rough!  The weird thing is that it usually doesn't start coming up until March/April and dies off in the summer.  I started noticing this sprouting around the beginning of December.

Stinging nettle

I also took note of this mineral feeder out in the pasture.  I have written a post about how Shane  made the mineral feeders out of recycled things.  You can read that post here.  There is even an article about our mineral feeders in the October issue of the Goat Rancher magazine's Makin' Do column. You can check that article out by clicking here.  It is located on page 22. 

empty mineral feeder

The reason I took this photo is to show how we know when we need to put out more minerals.  This is our cue to fill 'er up again. The cows will turn the feeders upside down when they are empty.  The goats can't do that, but since they are usually co-mingling in the same pasture we pretty much know when to throw a sack of minerals in the mule to put out.  

Hope y'all have a great weekend!!


  1. Isn't it nice to be able to recognize the signals of your animals? can't believe things are growing so soon. That is really NOT a good sign! Yes, it's good to know there is enough moisture to grow greens, but the seasons are apparently off, and that could be bad news if a cold snap comes through, and there is still ample time for that to happen. Hang in there!

    1. Love the signals! Hopefully the only green I'll continue seeing is the clover coming up lush as the days start getting longer. Thanks for stopping by!



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