Rebirth by Fire…

Pasture burning...

Pasture burning...

After Mark returned home from work yesterday and after chores had been finished, we mused over which of the ewes were looking close and who might possibly lamb next.  One of our ewes was needing a CD&T shot, so we headed back to the house to grab a syringe and the vaccine, where Mark picked up a box of matches and decided that this evening would be a good.  Good for what?   To burn a pasture.  There is a small pasture to the front of the house that was covered in tall dead grass and weeds that needed some attention.  It’s not a big piece, triangular in shape and surrounded by the garden on one side and the driveway on the other two sides making it perfect to manage by burning.  If we could get the piece producing it would be big enough to put sheep on and hold them there for a couple of weeks in the spring and then again in the fall.  So the first step tot making this ground more productive happened last night when Mark started burning it.  Mark and Sawyer started burning small areas working their way accross the north side of the field closest to the driveway since that was the way the wind was blowing.  The driveway made a nice natural barrier to stop the fire after it had consumed all the dried grasses and weeds, making it difficult for the fire to get away from them even if the wind did switch directions.  They then moved south working their way across the field again, right behind where they had just finished burning, and continued moving back and forth until the whole piece was finished.
Burnig the old so he new will grow...

Burning the old so the new will grow...

It was sort of funny watching the kids, none of them except for Sawyer knew what was going on.  Some came out of the house all excited and some came out with great concern.  As burning finished,  Mark got on his 4-wheeler and pulled a harrow over the newly burnt field to help spread the ash a little and to help distribute any hot spots that remained.
Mark pulling the harrow through the ash...

Mark pulling the harrow through the ash...

We survived the evening without any mishaps or burning any ones house down!   😉  Our next step will be to no-till in some clover, alfalfa, birdsfoot trefoil and some other forages amongst the grass and wait for it to grow. 
Doesn't look to bad, does it?

Doesn't look too bad, does it?