Pasture rotation plays a critical role in our grass fed beef business. Throughout the years of drought prior to this year, we have struggled to rotate more often and keep the cattle on grass. We had to supplement with hay and alfalfa cubes in order to keep our business going.
Well this year we are on the flip side. Even though technically we are still in drought conditions. In fact according to the US Drought Monitor, we are in a moderate drought. However, you cannot tell it based on the condition of our pastures. We are belly deep in tall, lush green grasses, including our cattle.
After we let the herd in this pasture, we realized how deep and thick the grass is growing. My husband contacted a local hay maker. He asked my husband what we had done to get grass like this. Lane answered, “Well, two years ago we shallow disked the land for aeration purposes and spread composted manure over the ground.”
The hay man replied, “Huh?! Well whatever you did, it worked. You don’t see pastures like this everyday.”
If you notice, there is not only very green, very tall, and very thick grass, but notice what is not in the field–weeds. The grass is choking out the weeds naturally without chemicals or sprays.
If you watched our interview with Dr. Ward Bond for his show, Think Natural, then this is the very same pasture in which they filmed our herd. THere is a stark difference. It is amazing what careful pasture management and a little rain can do.
We moved the cattle off this field after a day of grazing to another similar one and decided to make hay while the sun was shining. The square bales off this pasture will be used mainly for our horses.
Coincidentally, my mom is traveling the country right now. She told me how intensely dry some parts of New Mexico and Colorado are right now. She told of whole herds standing on fields of dirt without any blades of grass. I thanked her for bringing this to my attention. We might be enjoying times of feast, but others are in times of famine. We have been there; we know how hard it is. Please join us in praying for the farmers and ranchers in the drought-stricken parts of the United States.