Here are some updated photos of our new calf, Aloysius, running in the field. These were from about two weeks ago. By now, the grass is really starting to take off in the field. We over-seeded the pasture with a nice mix of grasses just before we had about a week of rain, so hopefully we will be able to improve on the quality of our grass.
The lower portion of the field was all overgrown with golden rod and brambles, which were of little interest to the cattle and sheep. I ended up cutting it all down with a field mower last fall. I was sort of shocked at how bare it looked afterwards, and nervous that I ruined the field, but it looks like the grasses below the golden rod are now able to have a fighting chance.
With a few years of work, we should be able to have this old pasture brought back...
It never ceases to amaze me that all of our animals instinctively know when to throw on the brakes when approaching a fence. They will come at you at top speed and stop just before pummeling you or the fence.
Though he is still only about a month and a half old, he is starting--emphasis on starting--to learn to follow me around and to respond to our voices. He knows his name when called and perks up when he hears it. Always a good thing just in case they happen to "escape."
Above Aloysius (or Monster Truck, as my son Liev just reminded me over my shoulder as I type) romps about.
There he goes, trotting back to his stall after a hard afternoon's play. We feed our cattle only grass/hay, but we do have them trained to grain as a treat. When returning from the field, they (the big ones, too) have to cross through an unfenced area to gain access to the barn. All I have to do is hollar for them to come and they come running. They receive a small handful of sweet grain as a reward.
Posted by Chris
@ 07:55 PM EDT