I posted a photo of chicory flowers the other day just before I moved the herd in. When chicory gets to this stage the stems become fibrous and far less palatable to the cows. A day later I moved the herd out of here and on to the next paddock, which lets you see what … Continue reading Cows eat chicory flowers
Chicory grows wild here in SW France. Earlier in the season the cows love it but in the height of summer the stems get too fibrous for ideal eating. Pretty, though.
This is a set of heifers that are fattening up over the next few months. Most are dairy crosses but they’re all great at eating grass. We have a few paddocks set aside for them and they rotate through every 5 or 6 weeks eating fresh grass every day and putting on weight fast. I … Continue reading Heifer Good Weekend
Spring is my favorite time of the year. There are new calves running around, weather is getting warmer and the grass looks super green. The legume here looks like some kind of wild pea. We have some new cows that are enjoying the shade of the Triangle paddock. They are a mix of Angus heifers … Continue reading spring growth with wild pea and some new angus cows
This hay-loving cow is Itsy Bitsy. The paddock they are on has a bit too much agrostis so I'm feeding a bit of hay there to push down the agrostis and allow the taller grasses to push through. Itsy's neighbor got annoyed at her antics ang gave her a little headbutt. Cows have a very … Continue reading At long last, a cow photo
I went to the Aveyron to see a man about some cows. It is great when you visit someone’s house and look out the window and see things like this: Since it was all about the cows and not the architechture, here is a photo of one of the heifers I bought. She’s two and … Continue reading Visiting some heifers in the Aveyron
I’ve been to Bordeaux many, many times delivering beef. We deliver grass-fed beef and pastured chicken to Bordeaux. It is such a beautiful city while I wait for my peeps. I love hanging out. So many bridges. So many people. Someday, I’m going to walk across that bridge, have a coffee and absorb what the heck is going on with this grande ville.
We found a great spot for delivery ( thanks, Sean ). Available by train or bus. Easy access by car. Wednesday. Pont de Pierre
On the same Wednesday, Brent delivers to Toulouse. Now, I’m not competitive … okay so I’m competitive, Toulouse is quick to collect the beef and chickens. We give Bordeaux a head-start with the mail, but Toulouse is winning at the moment.
It’s a tight race, but we can spread the word. With that Bordeaux chess board above, I see our next move. We’ll…
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Our cattle pastures are looking better and better as the years pass, so we figured that chickens would like to get a piece of the action too. One of the special things we grow is lucerne (or alfalfa or luzerne) and it turns out that chickens love lucerne. They are all out browsing every day. … Continue reading You say Lucerne, I say Alfalfa
I like to check the state of the grass after the cows have left. Here is Emerson-T just after the cows moved on. It’s an ancient lucerne paddock without much lucerne left and the grasses that are moving in aren’t all that strong yet, but they’re filling in the gaps. Short residual grasses after a … Continue reading worm crazy
One of the things you can’t help but do as you walk around the farm is wonder how things have been changing. We’ve had five years of running cows here and that should be long enough to see a few things develop. Well this year the obvious one has been the amount of winter grass … Continue reading Five years of growing grass