Now that vaccinations, worming and weaning are behind us my husband and I raced to get the interior fencing done on the other half of our ranch to be able to move our cattle over to grass. Last fall we shut off one-half of our farm to stockpile grass for this season and let our cattle graze the other half down because it had never been done by the previous owner. The process of grazing a field down helps with grass management and optimization. We deal with weeds, drag the fields to clean them up, add the required nutrients for our particular soil makeup and let it rest. With time off the fields come back lush and strong.
On our last night before moving the cattle we sat and watched the young calves and their mothers. It was my birthday and I had a great birthday surprise; a new calf born just a few hours before. We watched in silence as he learned to nurse for the first time. While he nursed the mother quietly cleaned him, a beautiful sight for a rancher. Older calves skittered about running and playing while the mother's lay nearby happily chewing their cud. A perfect end to a great birthday.
Monday morning arrived and it was time to move the cows on grass. Slowly they followed my husband in the tractor, our cattle dog, Wally and myself bringing up the rear gathering stragglers as we moved in one big, black wave towards the pasture gate. They say you can hear corn grow, well let me tell you, you can hear cows eating! Happy cows, happy ranchers, there is nothing better than watching your cows graze.
Now that the cows are ready for summer, my husband and I can focus on the rest of the interior fencing so we can set up a rotational grazing system to maximize our pasture. Fence, fence, fence, then hay, then.....always something...out of the gate running into summer! Happy Spring! Share!