The entertaining aspect of rotational grazing has been the reaction our cattle. We work all of our cattle on horseback but for switching pastures we usually just open the next gate and herd them through on foot or with a ATV. It didn't take long for the cows to catch on. They now seem to know when it is time to move because they start to hang around the next gate, just like going from one dessert plate to the next! The only hazard is with the young calves. Typically they hide in the shade of the trees napping while their mothers are off grazing so if you are not careful they may get left behind.
I came home the other day to find my husband roping off the ATV because two calves got left behind. One of the cows was standing at the gate bellowing so my husband let her out to find her calf only to discover there were two calves out. With little effort he was able to successfully herd the cow and her calf to the other side but the second calf was having no part of it so he had to rope the calf and move it to the other side in the ATV. As hard as we try it isn't always easy to find every calf when we switch pastures but we can always count on our cows to let us know. A mother is a mother, we always look out for our babies!
Managing our resources is not just about good stewardship it is also about maximizing our success. For us it is grass, for others it may be money, food, skills, the list goes on. Making the most of our resources is a crucial step on the road to success. It isn't without hard work but the reward far outweighs the effort. Are you managing your resources to the best of your ability?
"Human resources are like natural resources; they're often buried deep. You have to go looking for them; they're not just lying around on the surface."
- Ken Robinson -
Dig deep my friends!
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