Heifer 28 eating some natural grass in Triangle. Since it was full of dead standing grass, I mowed it back at the end of summer and it has grown back well in a short time.
The question that this raises is should I mow back all the natural pastures at the end of summer? It costs, but chopping the old grass speeds up its breakdown and protects the soil. Ideally the cow herd will crush down everything but it doesn’t always happen like that even when I move them several times a day.
This is the lucerne part of Emerson, where there are still a fair few standing dead lucerne stems shading the green growth.
The herd did a good job knocking everything down here and since this photo was taken a week or so ago there’s a whole crop of wild annual ryegrass growing up.
This is the Vila paddock, seeded this year to lucerne and orchard grass.
It looks good but is ungrazeable because it isn’t yet fenced. If we get another month or so of rain we’ll be pushing in the recycled vine posts and fencing it for a spring graze.
Behind the willow trees is a pond and Michael’s house.