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Yesterday was a pretty day but it was quite windy and cool…
January has been fairly tolerable…one sharp cold snap and then two weeks of decently warm weather…albeit fairly rainy. Now for the worst month of the year….February….
There are signs of spring. the days are beginning to get a little bit longer.
There was an entire flock of migratory Robins down by the stable in the morning….We see robins here all winter but this was the first big flock I have seen this year…but I have not spent a lot of time over at Jacks Barn and cow pasture this year and that is where I normally see them first. Often at Christmas. Thus my name for them…..Lying Ass Robins…..I did not get a photo of them….
The daffodils around the dogs graves have emerged from the ground…this unseasonable weather of the last two weeks has probably been a factor,
Below Perkins and his crew enjoyed a new paddock of grass….this year I have been letting the stock graze some of the fall seeded cover crop paddocks. So while we are feeding some hay they are still getting some green forage. With Star Baby visiting at Brunsons for a couple of weeks that means more for the rest of the crew. PERKINS, PETE AND THE TWO DONKEYS.
below are a couple of turnips that Amos or the goats pulled up from the paddock they went into. there was 2 oz of turnip seed in the mix sown onto most of the paddocks this fall.
Below is a shot of the paddock that the goats and Amos the steer were turned into….the paddock closest for some reason had a greater crop of brassicas and the other paddocks below seed to be heavier in the grasses and small grains…they all had a similar mix but were sone at different times as they were grazed.
This is Amos the steer with the goats in paddock Big Bull 5.
this is what the other big bull paddocks look like with more grass and small grain….adding orchardgrass and ryegrass into the boradcast mix seemed ot have done well in these paddocks. the forage is about eight inches tall and pretty thick.
Jonah and Esther below in the same lot with Perkins…Peter was off in the far corner…Any time Pete goes into a new paddock he always trots around the fence line and then goes to the far corner to begin grazing. Please note the elaborate fencing used to control these equines….It has not been turned on for over a week as I cross over it at night to feed them their hay…