We intensively graze our pastures. Using electronetting, we make a small paddock and turn the sheep loose for a couple of days and then move them onto the next patch of grass. We have found that just letting them loose on the entire pasture, they are a lot more picky about what they eat and overgraze in certain areas while hardly touching others. Using this method they still pick and choose, eating the best stuff first but in the end it looks like a lawn mower has sculpted the area leaving it neatly trimmed. The above photo was taken in their most recent grazing area. We turned them loose in half of the winter wheat pasture that was looking a bit weedy, we are a bit curious to see how well this area will come back and what it will look like in comparison with the rest of the wheat this fall. Also turning them out in the weedier half of the pasture helped to mow back those plants before they set seed and spread. While we would like to say we have perfect pastures we will openly admit it something that is always in the works around here and being constantly re-evaluated and the dynamics are always changing based on a number of things. Right now we are battling Wormwood, Knapweed and some Downy Brome or commonly known as Cheatgrass (which is a bad word around here!) and are trying different control measures on them. The sheep seem to love eating the Knapweed and will eat the Wormwood when young and will eat the Cheatgrass, which before it set seed is great but once it set seed is not so good…
Last night while moving the sheep onto their next rotation I was taking pictures of lambs and noticed something wrong with this guy…
My initial thought was that something must have chewed on his face. When we finally caught him,(darn things are sooo fast!) he looked pretty gross… (Don’t look if easily bothered by ickiness!)
Catching up on the past week…
Stop and enjoy those things that make up your life.
Who would be calling at 6 a.m.? The post office to let us know our “box a birds” was in and could be please come pick them up? We ordered 67 chicks and received 71, not too bad! We ordered 55 straight run Cornish x Rock with 2 extra free ones, 3 Black Star hens with one extra freebie, 3 Light Brahama hens, 3 Silver Laced Wyandotte hens, 3 Black Austrolorp hens and of course our free rare and exotic chick.
Sunday we meet with some of our family at Woodland Park and enjoyed a little potluck picnic and enjoyed conversing with some relatives that we had not seen for a while. While there I snapped some pictures of the kids on a bridge…
We had two Red-tailed Hawks checking things out today…
Hope you all have a happy Memorial Day weekend and don’t get too sun-burnt working in your yards!
Tori took these pictures a while ago, but we should be doing more of this, this weekend…
Don’t work too hard! ;0)
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