The cows, T-bone & Ribeye, have been on pasture for almost 3 weeks now, and yesterday was the first day that I was able to help move them into a fresh paddock. The paddocks are sized so that it takes about 2 days for the two cows to eat them down before they need to be moved. Having done this several times now, Greg said it was the smoothest transition he’s had so far. Experience, along with trial & error, is probably the reason for that, but, whatever, I took it as a compliment.
It’s really neat to see how seemingly happy they are to have a refreshed salad bar, and to watch them seek out the “candy” grasses first. Their coats have gotten so shiny, and they have already started to fill out. They are almost completely devoid of the mud and muck that was caked on them when we first got them. And, except for the face flies that annoy them, they are the picture of contentment. To that issue, our first batch of chickens is due to arrive next week. They will brood under the heat lamps for three weeks, and then will be out on the pasture behind the cows scratching through the cow patties and eating the fly larva with the intent of reducing the fly population and elevating much of that problem.
It’s so pleasant to watch the cows kick their feet up and dance around the field so joyfully. It is also amazing to see how the pasture regenerates so quickly that you can’t tell where they pastured only a week earlier. All in all, things seem to be working the way they are suppose to, and I am very excited to see how the Polyface method works fully implemented!
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