Postcard From the Fields
oving into the second week of grazing, and trying to get used to the new schedule. It was pretty convenient to have the cows close at hand eating hay. Building fence uses a different set of muscles than toting bales. Namely the muscle between my ears! Part of the transition of spring grazing this year was integrating Blake into the herd. It’s not always a seamless operation adding the milk cow’s calf. Herd dynamics are interesting to say the least. Blake’s first day of “school” was day one for the cows to be out of the feeding shed. Putting everyone in a new place at the same time works wonders with all farm animals. Everyone is a little unsettled and not into territories yet.
Blake made some new friends and new enemies, but that is the nature of the beast. She’s a great bellcow because she is very attentive to our every move. This helps the herd get moving a little faster at paddock shift. Half want to follow her and half want to chase her, either works for me as long at they come into the next paddock.
Now grazing chores consist of checking fence lines for winter damage, making repairs, and not getting too far ahead of the cows with temporary fencing. The deer and elk are quite active now, and for some reason hard on fences this time of year.
We are gardening by degrees, restricting our gardening activities to the greenhouse. New plantings this past week were cabbage, more onions, and bare root strawberries in the greenhouse. As the new garden is getting seated in we are eating some form of overwintered kale and chard every day and waiting for new plantings to mature a bit before harvesting.
Oh, and we’re waiting for that glowing orb in the sky to make more regular appearances ;)
How is spring going in your gardens and fields?