Water, weeds, death and hundreds of long trenches

The old vines are all removed. Now we have 12ha/25ac covered in long gouges. Here’s a photo of the California paddock sans vignes.

 

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Links

F. W. Owen has some excellent info on putting water lines out to the paddocks.

He also has an interesting comparison between high revenue/high costs farms and his low-cost system. We’re aiming at a low-cost model ourselves.

Matron of Husbandry has a good post on the sad event of finding a dead calf.

Illinois’s weed identification page and their list of spring weeds.

Low-stress livestock handling.

 

And another view of vine-free California, this time from the South.

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4 thoughts on “Water, weeds, death and hundreds of long trenches

  1. Jean Curtis says:

    Once the grass is growing, it’ll be all Teletubbie. Actually, it’s almost a direct copy of Bliss, the Windows XP default wallpaper.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Hey Brent-

    Wonderful to see the new pics and the progress. I’m hoping you will do a few posts on the reclamation of this field. Are you going to have it plowed and re-seeded? How have your neighbors historically managed after vine removal?

    Carolyn

  3. bc says:

    Carolyn, I’m not decided on how to reclaim the vineyards. I could just let them grow, but I’d get a series of soft trenches where the vines were. So I thought I’d disc it a couple of times and see how that evens things out while leaving the plant material on the surface. But the neighbors are all adamant it will still be bumpy and I need to plow. So I might get someone to plow it (I won’t buy a plow since I don’t want to plow again).

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