All the old vineyards are now seeded to pasture but this is the first time the herd has been on this one: Costanza, by the road.
Given the extended hot and dry spell we are in the lucerne and dactyle are doing very well. Visitors to the farm tell me to cut it for hay but I tell them it is for grazing. Gremlin agrees.
This is the first time the herd has spent a few days by the road perimeter fence. Passers-by slow right down to check out the red cows since Salers are rare in the Gers. With the summer we get a few tourists here too and some have stopped to take photos.
Old cow 78 is becoming the new herd leader. Not the boss cow, but the one that leads them all to new pastures when I call. She looks in good condition for an old girl.
One of the journalists from the regional paper, le sud-ouest, has been driving past the herd on his way to work so he tracked down who I was by asking around his contacts in the village.
He called me to see if I was interested in doing a story on Salers in the Gers since there are so few. I turned him down and sent him to another herd I know of. Despite the blogs we’re a little publicity-shy.