The herd is in a part of the farm that has become a center of growth for lotier, or birdsfoot trefoil. The cows love this stuff and it is in flower. It is fun watching the cows eat all the meadow flowers.
There was a lot of buzzing around the lotier.
Since it is in flower there are a lot of bees of a couple of different kinds picking up the pollen. Eat up, bee.
Here’s a wider view to see the mix of grass and legumes. Here the posts had been stepped in for the move but I hadn’t strung the wire yet.
Along with the fresh new grass and the older, stale grass are three legumes: lotier, red clover and that mysterious wild pea. It is like a like minestrone soup for legumes.
All the permanent pastures seem to be showing this crazy growth in legumes, although each has its stronger areas and weaker areas. There was far less lotier on the farm last year. We’ll see how the pastures change over the next few years.