Moving Cows

The Zen of moving cows to fresh pasture

Lazy Mill Hill Farm

Every morning, soon as it is light enough to see, I move the cows to a fresh paddock. We give the cows a new piece of pasture every 24 hours; this is known as rotational grazing, and it is essential to the good health of both the land and the animals feeding upon it. Owing to the marvel of electric fencing technology, it is not hard work, although given that our pasture is rather steep in places, it is not uncommon for me to break a sweat tromping up and down the hill with a fence reel in my hands. For those of you who have never greeted the rising sun with sweat beaded on your forehead, I highly recommend it.

I often think of chores as being something of practice for me, perhaps not unlike meditation or prayer is for some. And moving the cows is for me the…

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3 Responses to Moving Cows

  1. RobRoySimmons says:

    It was a brilliant turncoat Rhodesian who popularized this kind of pasture management by the name of Allan Savory, a truly brilliant man, godfather of “Holistic Management”, and in time a victim himself of old Uncle Bob. If you are into land management I would recommend his work, I myself have read his work multiple times.

    If you love cattle and have patience (you must be extremely patient, no rodeo bullshit) then there are jobs handling cattle. If you really, really want that kind of life then I recommend “The Stockman Grass Farmer” for your lead in to this.

    FTR these people will treat WNs like a leper, they mostly come from the nice white people are going to save the world from whatever progressive wing of life. But then again they and we can agree that anti-whites are evil people.

  2. Schnoorky says:

    I always enjoyed walking fence, baling hay and harvesting grain the most. Working cattle could drive me to a rage when I was younger – they never did what you wanted! Of course I would drop all of that to go fishing, trapping or hunting in the blink of an eye. What I wouldn’t give to live that life again!

  3. Craig says:

    There’s also the foul up method now, which is gaining more popularity and results then the traditional rotational grazing. It’s basically mimicking what wild herds do, which is exactly what the wild water buffalo do. Herd together for protection, eat and trample all the grass, foul up the land/water and then move on to greener pasture.

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