Cattle Say: "Show Us Some Grass!"
Hello Members & Friends,
Hope your all doing well dealing with the continuing heat wave! We're doing our best but it has been a struggle.
Finally figured out why the cattle just laid down out in the sun instead of seeking out the shade in the nearby wooded area. Moved them to another area with trees for shade and they started using it to beat the heat. I finally think I figured it out. The current shady area is in a breezy location while the previous wooded area was not! Guess they were smarter than me.
Another new experience was watching them graze the dried up straw colored alfalfa fields instead of the grass pasture I moved them too. Think I figured it out. When we cut what hay I had, after all the heat, the leaves of the alfalfa plants fell off to the ground from the hay baler into furrows that the cows figured out were extra good for munching on. Guess that's another reason why the cattle are still in excellent condition. I've been concerned about my lack of hay but am relieved to have been able to purchase some good local grass hay. Because of the dryness from the heat all the normal drainage areas are dry enough to drive on and harvest for good green grass hay. The cost of the hay has gone up about 25% though. So thankfully, unlike many other ranchers, I'll be able to continue feeding my critters for at least this year.
I've been running a water hose through a ditch for the hogs to lay in and cool off. To my surprise they figured out a way to build a dyke and form a mud hole pool to lay in with more coverage from the water for cooling. Sows with piglets are outside now under a shaded area which is cooler than the pens in the barn. It's on a hill top so the spot gets good breezes.
The local deer have been visiting the cattle water tanks for awhile. The hidden spring pond in my canyon area is what they usually use but it recently dried up. Well now they discovered the garden has better greens and they've been jumping the fence to help themselves several times a day. Our stock dog happy will chase them up to a half mile away but they keep coming back. SO has been getting up to release the dog several times every night to keep the deer away. That, combined with the early hours working in the garden, is of course tiring her out. So Monday I'll be starting to finish building a deer fence I worked on before but this time adding electric wires for more height.
First we can not thank Members enough for coming so early to shorten our time in the heat on delivery day. It helps keep the produce fresher too. Below is what we plan to deliver this week.
Micro Greens, Salad Lettuce mix, Kale, Chard, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Salad Onions/Leeks, Daikon Greens, Radish Bulbs, Napa Cabbage, Rhubarb, Potatoes, Carrots, Dry Onion, Garlic Chives, Herb-Thyme, Sugar Peas, Eggs.
Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Cutlets, Pork Chops, Bacon, Sausage, Surprise Item.
Note: I have a good stock of Lamb cuts that can be requested as substitutes for other meat cuts. Just request with an email.
Looking forward to seeing you all. Be well!
Gary & So