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hot cows

If you ever see a cow standing with her neck arched, mouth open, saliva dripping from her jaws, respiration about eighty breaths per minute, get her out of the sun. 176 more words

Dairy Cow

calculating forage

We walked out to look at Sweetheart this evening before bed.  She is four days past due calving, but seems unconcerned about it, a state I can’t appreciate, having always been wildly impatient under such circumstances.  155 more words

Rotational Grazing

new grass

Thirteen steers, heifers and dry cows came up from the back of the monastery farm to graze some new pasture on the road, grass on a neighbor’s land that we’ve never used before.  49 more words

The Daily Grind

spring sleet

At this time of year the livestock moves over the pastures very quickly, and paddocks are consequently large, which means they take a long time to set up, so when the sleet started yesterday afternoon it caught us in the field and there was no getting away until the fence was up and the cows set for the night.  80 more words

Rotational Grazing

green grass!

There are few kinds of relief to be compared to that of the grass farmer when spring green-up finally arrives; maybe the only one would be the sensation of a man in a strange city when he finally spots the door marked ‘Gents’.  186 more words

Dairy Cow

sacrifice paddocks

Wednesday, March 25, the Annunciation:

All winter we’ve held the lactating cows up front on the better forage, while the dry cows, heifers and yearlings cleaned up out back on the paddocks farthest from the dairy, and therefore the longest walk for the milkers.  254 more words

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