July10The goats have freed everyone... But the rainbows made us forget all that!!
June3I was talking to an 'old time cattle guy' (read conventional farmer) and I made the mistake of asking if was going to divide the 100 acres he'd "just opened up" for his cows into managed grazing lots. He had been complaining about his feed bills and how much his cows ate. Boy did I get an earful about how much work that would be, and how much they ate, and how they could go out and eat on the new land he'd opened up. ....Thing is the cows have been studied to only use about 30% of the field when its a big open field.. they over graze parts and miss a whole lot in between. Now I've really been watching my goats as I haul around their fence lines, and that study certainly is true for them! While they wolf down every morsel in the areas I open up there is a big old patch of grass by their sleeping hut that they just never really got to! Only the donkey can be seen contentedly munching away in this forgotten little oasis. Here is a new area I just opened to them... tomorrow I'll post the 'after' pics!!
June1Have farm, will travel. We need this as a bumper sticker. The ducks are on the road again.. Heading for some real succulent grass and bugs. They are traveling well.. The saxony ducks are "driving"! They have commandeered the bale of hay, and seem to be telling the others that they are steering the ship. Here is a picture of one of the ladies peeking into the cab of the truck.
June1So, we have been moving the fence all around the field... And the goats love it! It's wonderful to watch them in action. They know what it means when we start playing with the old fence line... It means "feast!!!!" if we move opposite side of the fence to create two new patches of grass they will actually run from one side of the pasture to the other practically yelling "fooood!" I am trying to catch the donkey in action on this one, he gets soo excited. They definitely pay you back in entertainment value.