On or around August 1st our borrowed bull will arrive. Between now and then I have to plan my grazing through my reserve grazing area. Our heat-sensitive heifer needs us to plan for shade. Our Jersey cows need to be AI’d before the bull arrives and we have to have the cows away from the perimeter fence so the borrowed bull and the neighbor’s bull don’t try to duke it out through barbed wire.
With me? Lots of planning to do. I need 15 or so days of grazing then I need to return to the top of the hill under the walnut tree where we can keep an eye on Mr. Bull.
Here’s the plan in picture form with thanks to Google Maps. The projected (planned(hoped for(please God!))) dates are listed on the map in the order they will be grazed.
Well, that’s the rough plan anyway. Now, I’m not following keylines. Well, I kinda am. The lines marked are approximations, just giving an idea. I am a little concerned about 23 and 24 as there is little shade available in those pastures. I will probably give them access to 22 for 3 days so they can find refuge from the sun, though I am concerned about the concentration of manure under those few hedge trees. Don’t worry that 27 looks much larger than 16, the grass under the pond dam is very poor in quality. If feed runs short I’ll drop a few bales of hay. It is important that the cows return nutrients to each paddock even if I have to import them.
If you want to see this area from ground level in winter, check out this post. For readers of some duration, 17 is what the kids call Disemmemberment Hill“…sledding directly into massive, tangled, thorny hedge trees at the bottom of the hill. Should be less disemmembering this winter as the cows and I have cleaned it up a bit. In fact, over time it should become less and less disemmembering as I cut firewood and the cows make the slopes more gentle. That’s the plan anyway.
At least I’ve got a plan. To be honest, most of the time we wing it but I’m trying to do better. Who knows where I would be when that bull gets here if I didn’t try for something.