The cows are out in the Colorado paddock eating the mixed old lucerne and volunteer grasses, which have been changing over the last year and a half from mostly bent grass to dactyle/orchardgrass and now ryegrass, which is a bit of a surprise. People pay money to seed dactyle and ryegrass and it is taking over my paddock for free. I guess the mob grazing helps promote the taller grasses.
While the girls are out munching it is time for the first lucerne hay cut of the year. In future these newer lucerne fields will be grazed much more than hayed, but still we need the food for this winter while we figure out our extended grazing season.
Here we have some cut lucerne (alfalfa). There is a little insect damage but not the skeletal remains you see when the little black worms have had at it. There are a couple of blooms, maybe 1%-3%, which makes it a good time to cut with a balance between food quality and root reserves.
We’ve served up the grass. France has served up the weather. So now, it’s on.
There’s a little paddock out the back where I sowed some oats last winter. It was supposed to be an experiment in grazing the oats in grass form but it has been too wet to directly graze so it has now been cut as hay. Although the oats mostly affect our lives as the punchline to Jean’s humor.
After mowing comes the tedder which fluffs everything up to make it dry faster and more evenly. Today this should be dry enough for raking into lines with the baling happening tonight. We will see.
The tedder is a fun tool to use. Note some of the old vine posts we’ve cut and pushed into the ground at the edge of the hay field to make fence posts so we can graze this field later in the year. Once it is fenced and able to be grazed we can improve the fertility of the soils with the cows and feed the hay back on it.
The Just mow the hay, Renée post title is my mangling of The Four Tops Just walk away, Renée song that was playing while I cut some hay. Pick of the Pops is a great show to listen to while spending hours driving a tractor, although they often skip the best songs in the charts. Maybe because they don’t fit the usual Radio 2 audience? Like this amazing, influental, awesome PIL song skipped from the 1978 show.
That was 1978? Wow.