Out To Pasture
We’ve been waiting and hoping for the grass to begin growing enough to put the cows back out on pasture. I really like them on grass about a month before calving, and it was getting down to the wire. We expect our first calves in late May. Grass is like an elixir to a ruminant, helping the cows detox from a winter diet of hay before their real work begins – birthing and lactating.
Of course, it was quite a rodeo! You would think that since they have been wanting out on pasture to eat, that playing would be far from their minds. But it does a cow herders heart good to see an old pregnant cow kicking up her heels! Jane was dying of curiosity about those bovine cousins and Willy was determined to save his damsel cow from those horrid interlopers.
The party was over before it started almost. Just a few short bursts of energy, bellering and bucking, and everyone fell to grazing. The grass is somewhat short which helps to avoid bloat. I stuffed them with hay before turning them out to help buffer their rumen. It takes about 5 days for the rumen microbes to adjust to new or different feed so we’ll be watching for any problems for the next week.
Grazing season has officially started here!