Ending the month of April, I spent most of my time prepping our ruminant rotational-grazing lots on our family farm. The cows generally start their grazing season mid-May. But depending on how fast things dry, the grazing date is variable. This year the cows are grazing in a new location. The old paddocks have been removed and will be planted in corn. Fertilizer was spread throughout the new paddocks and old paddocks were roto-tilled. It’s nice seeing the change of scenery because the cows have been grazing the original paddocks for 10-plus years.
My goal is to be sure all paddocks are fixed with working power and functional water lines before the grass is too tall, which makes working conditions less favorable. Fields are wet in some spots causing some corner posts to become crooked. But that’s a simple fix using a post-pounder. Prepping for grazing season can be labor-intensive with long hours. So it’s always a good idea to grab sunscreen with a full water bottle even on cloudy days.
Currently some of the alfalfa fields look like they have suffered winter kill, which is surprising because we had more snow cover than normal. But the struggling hay fields have been in hay for a few years, making it older hay. My family just started bringing machinery out of the sheds and into the shop for maintenance. Currently they are greasing, checking tire pressure and gear boxes, and just ensuring things work before entering the fields.
We’ve been receiving a lot of rain in the past week. The weather has been making things muddy, gloomy and cold. Farmers are eager to be in the fields, but the rain is putting planting on a temporary hold. Still the sun will eventually come out and it’ll warm up.