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Misbehaving Calves

Posted 8/6/2016 10:26am by Rebecca Coulter.

     While we enjoy summer here, the lack of rainfall has turned our pastures into dust, and the grass for the cows into crispy, dried stems.  When the grass isn’t growing, we stop our usual rotational grazing, because the cows will kill what grass remains by over-grazing, and will damage the pastures.  The mama cows and their babies are now confined to a small, shady section of pasture right in front of our house, with a feeder full of hay from our bountiful spring harvest.  However, hay is not as rich in nutrients as the grass, and we want the babies to grow strong and healthy. So Jason, our ‘CEO in charge of all things relating to cows’, has set the electric wire that borders the pasture high enough that the calves can walk under it.  The calves are free to wander all the pastures, selecting what they like best to eat, and returning to their mamas for some milk to wash it down. 

     Unfortunately, they often choose to wander in the driveway, the lawn, and my flower beds.  Three in particular have a destructive bent, and I frequently catch them trampling my petunias.  Five year old Sabrina usually leads the charge of little girls chasing calves back to the pasture.  I suppose I should be grateful that they have not yet discovered the garden.

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