Grassfed beef requires grass, we are grass farmers first. For grass to grow we need water and we will take it in any form; rain, dew, ice and snow. This time of year we start to think about a few things:
- What is our current soil moisture levels?
- Are we ready for snow?
In a previous post from 2014 we wrote about how important soil moisture is at this time of the year. Soil moisture now, has a big impact on the grass (and beef) we grow next year. We are going into the 2017 “water year” in good shape.
Are we ready for snow? This summer we have been “stockpiling” grass in our pastures for the approaching non-growing season. Do you see a problem in the photo below?
Grass looks good in the photo. Pasture soils are covered to protect the stored moisture and ready to capture more moisture through the coming months. The problem? The photo shows one of our few permanent fence lines (red arrow) that is all grown up in grass. We construct daily paddocks using electrical poly wire and we count on these few permanent fence lines to supply the power. The stockpiled grass will accumulate snow and bury this fence line making it unusable.
Cows to the rescue.
The photo above shows how we are currently going around all of our permanent fence lines concentrating the herd to stomp down and eat the grass along our fence lines. The cattle love their work of preparing the fence lines that protect them year round.
Once the cows complete the job, if we do get that big snow storm, our fences will not be buried. The fence lines will continue to function, keeping cattle where we plan to move them.
What about the cows and the stockpiled grass if we get lots of snow? We do have some hay in the barn as “insurance” and to supplement as needed. In addition, take a look at our previousl post about cattle grazing snow. Our cows live in our pastures 24/7/365, snow is something they have no problem dealing with.
Feel free to contact us if you would like to see our cattle in motion. Cattle properly grazing grass is the best way to grow more grass!