Grazing update

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Yesterday’s paddock on the left, todays on the right. The grazing looks much better today, with no signs of overgrazing. The wider paddocks certainly make the difference.

The unseasonably cool weather continues with the foggy morning temp this morning at 56. We had to get the cows out of bed to get them moving this morning. They weren’t too keen on waking up but we were earlier than usual. The high today is going to be 85 with 90s the rest of the week. However September is right around the corner and fall with it. I had to break out a cool weather shirt this morning and something tells me I’ll have it back on again shortly.

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And so the grass grows

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We are now into the larger paddocks in the front pasture. They look better now that they are wider and the grazing doesn’t seem to be out of line at all. A high of 83, with a steady breeze and low humidity have everything reaching for the sun, including me. Enough sitting here typing, I’m going outside!

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Who is taller?

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Kristen, one of our great friends and customers stopped by. She had her dog in the truck and Cotton took quite an interest.

Kristen is, shall we say, vertically challenged. Cotton, not so much. Darling Wifey was able to catch this moment of farm life for everyone to enjoy.

Not sure who is actually taller here.

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Farming from a completely different point of view

I came across this TED talk when it was played on a podcast I listen to. I enjoyed this and thought I’d pass it along.

TED talk on guerrilla urban gardening

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Ouch, that’s what 24 joules looks like

So I found that the hot wire was shorted out dead this morning. Turns out the interns had about three places where the hot wire was touching the hog wire which will certainly do it. This was the last one I came to. With the full power back, it was kind of exciting.

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Ouch, that’s what 24 joules looks like

So I found that the hot wire was shorted out dead this morning. Turns out the interns had about three places where the hot wire was touching the hog wire which will certainly do it. This was the last one I came to. With the full power back, it was kind of exciting.

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Dan is a dad, a husband, a business owner, a pilot, a sailor, a scuba diver, a machinist, a gunsmith, a welder, a woodworker, a day laborer, a teacher, a mentor and a writer. The short form of all the previous is he's a farmer.

Grazing update

It’s been a busy few days for me. I have been out of town and have had to rely on the interns and Miguel to handle everything for me while I was gone. I am thankful to be home and back in the swing of things.

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Yesterday’s paddock on the left. Todays on the right. Thats not a bad picture, its all the fog. We have smaller paddocks in this front pasture and the cows are over grazing. It’s not bad but they are coming back for second bites on their favorite parts. After todays paddock, the paddock size increases so hopefully we will see the over grazing diminish.

The grass continues to love the weather. Lots of rain, sun, and cool weather. Not only is the fescue back in August, it already has seed heads. I guess the cows are getting their grain.

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