Josh and I liken watching our cattle graze in the pasture to watching beautiful fish in a fish tank. It's peaceful and relaxin'. That's how we wind down from the stresses of life... there is nothing a gator ride to go sit among our cattle (and end up givin' a pet or ten to the favorite socialites of the herd) won't fix.
We had the Coop agronomist out last week to help identify weeds and determine the next step in building a better pasture. We have spraying and planting to do!! We have a bizarre weed that we couldn't get immediately identified, so it was sent over to the local extension office for some help. If you aren't utilizing your local extensions offices and your local Coop, then you are missing out. They are a wealth of knowledge. We do a lot of business with the Rutherford Coop group- more specifically the Woodbury and Smithville locations. Those guys and gals are always so helpful and willing to come out and assist us with whatever we need or put us in touch with someone that can.
If you remember from my last post, we started the farm from scratch. We have spent the last couple of years trying to establish our pastures with fescue and legumes for protein by fertilizing, liming and trying to eliminate the harmful weeds to the cattle. We practice rotational grazing here on the farm, which allows the paddocks rest time between grazings. We have approximately 10 acres in each paddock and rotate the cattle to a different paddock each week.
We have been in the planning phases for a new working shed to vaccinate/treat and halter break our animals. This will be sooooo nice to have to keep us and the animals more comfortable and out of the weather and sun.
Mr. Eric Walker came to visit us last Friday and we had such an enjoyable visit. Learned a lot and we are excited to get to his sale Labor Day weekend. He always has beautiful animals up for sale. If you haven't already, check out his sale catalog for this years sale! http://www.reedent.com/midwest/catalogs/walker/walker.html
Well that is the low down of what's going on here on the farm. We have been all about pasture maintenance. Stay tuned for more updates!
Hi! I'm Bethany/Beth Mansfield. I maintain our website, Facebook page, Instagram account, and twitter feed. I'm a mother to two little cowboys that live for life on the farm with our Herefords.