COWS BEHAVING BADLY

November 12, 2008 by  

CLIMBING THE LAST HILL

CLIMBING THE LAST HILL

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEADING TO THE WATER GAP

IT BEATS AN OFFICE CUBICLE

IT BEATS AN OFFICE CUBICLE

We rotationally graze our pastures and depending on the size of pasture and time of year the cows are moved as often as every day.  This is good for the grass but sometimes causes bad behavior in the cows.  For the past 4 weeks they have been grazing a larger pasture on the West side of the ranch.  On the very North edge is an old wheat field that has been planted into grass and the cows have just camped there waiting to be moved to the next pasture.  There is a lot of good grass on the rugged South end of the pasture that they have not been willing to explore because there has not been any water there.  When the fire came through in 2006 it burned out the fences and gave us a chance to change the fence line and include a water gap on the far South side so that we could get better utilization of the grass in that area.  So yesterday Kurt and I drove the cows to the water gap and then settled them on the fresh grass.  They seemed happy.  We’ll see how many are back on the old field this morning.