The photo is our current bull we use to breed our cattle. He was born on our farm and is from one if our best cows. Right now hes looking pretty good but hes still trying to take off the rest of his winter coat.
Good pasture equals happy cattle. This year the pasture is the best it's ever been and the cows have never looked happier. Not only do the bigger cattle get higher qaulity grass but I'm sure the mother cows are producing more milk for the nursing calves.
Since finishing the new exterior fence managing the cattle has become much easier and enjoyable. The new fence is benifiting the cattle as well because now they have easier access to the whole farm which helps keep the grass younger and higher quality.
We got some of our own baling equipment this year. Right now we're baling off some old grass so more sun light can hit the new grass. The grass fields are like big solar panels. The cleaner the panel is the more energy it can produce.
You can see the effects of rotational grazing in this photo. The right side of the thin fence wire is where the cattle were kept off and allowed to rest and regrow. The left side of the fence is where the cattle were just moved off of to a new pasture the same day. And all that green grass sucks carbon out of the atmosphere as it grows. The cattle then put that carbon back into the soil after they eat the grass.
The cows are munching down on our radish winter pasture cover crop mix. Still eating green forage in mid January.
Snow geese are back! Noo. The snow geese eat anything green including freshly planted pasture and cover crops. They won't kill the pasture but they will set it back. Coyote decoys worked for a day or two but that was about it. Maybe a hawk drone? Would love to solve the snow geese problem!
Michael J. Adamucci