Yesterday we parked the cows under a hedge tree in a dense, tall stand of goldenrod. The cows were allowed to the right of the fence (the white line).
Panning a bit to the right, looking at the same place it looks like this now, 14 hours later.
As you get closer to the fence there is less trampling. Makes sense. The cows are well-trained because the fence is consistently hot. But huge amounts of green material has been pushed into the soil. My bees may miss the goldenrod (which makes a lousy honey by the way) in the fall but this is a great first step toward making my pastures better. We’ll rinse and repeat over the coming years, ultimately getting ahead of the weeds. The cows also showed me two honey locust trees I didn’t know about. Hafta fix that.
The cows are up the hill now. Still full from last night but every one of them has their head down, unless they are eating leaves from a tree.