Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Fresh Forage

One edge of the pasture has really started to grow, and I put the ewes there this afternoon. There probably is only 2-3 days of grazing available there, and then they will be back on hay (unless the rest of the pasture picks up the pace a little).

The girls were very excited to get something green to eat. I had almost forgotten how relaxing it can be to watch and listen to grazing sheep.

Frost Seeding

Last fall, I tore up part of a pasture to lay a drainage pipe. There is a spring that drains down a slope across the field. The water spreads out and formed a wide, marshy area. The 100 foot drainage pipe appears to have solved the problem.

I was left with a wide swath of mud this spring. Soon after the snow cleared, I seeded with a pasture mix (various grasses, clover, etc.). Now that it is warming up, there has been serious germination. It looks like "frost seeding" works!

Hopefully, this area will be ready for grazing before too long.