It has started.
Spring, with all of it’s craziness, and never ending to-do lists, means late nights on top of early mornings.
With the arrival of 17 Black Angus cows that I will be boarding for a local neighbor, and the implementation of my Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) grazing plan, something I began in October 2010, I am spending hours managing our new “grass munchers”. This means moving lots of small, one acre paddocks, building loads of new fence, installing yards of waterline and lugging in 100-gallon water tubs. I have the Angus divided into 2 herds and they stay in each paddock for just a few days.
Watching for new calves seems to be a favorite pass-time. <insert calf video here>
The grass is also in “crazy” mode, growing fast and long, which means haying season will start any day now. My neighbor and friend Nate Smith, a top notch welder, spent an afternoon repairing my hay elevator and other welding jobs around the farm.
We also acquired a neighbor’s flock of layers, which will be in addition to the meat birds coming next month. I gave them the old garden space below the house which is filled with mint, grass, and dandelions and in return, we get a few good eggs everyday. Their soft clucks have added to the soothing evening sounds of the chirping frogs, the clunking of the American Bittern, and the “woowoowoo” of the Woodcock…
…which my friend describes as sounding like Curly from The Three Stooges. Oh well.