winter grazing 2013

We finished the fencing at the new farm we are leasing and have begun grazing the stockpiled grasses. We have 20 steers and heifers, some about a year old and some almost two. The two year old's will be beef this spring, while the yearlings will finish this fall and next spring. This farm is where we are going to focus on the grass finishing. We are able to easily set up small temporary paddocks for rotational grazing. Right now we are moving the cattle every other day. We also will experiment with seeding some annuals to extend the grazing periods. We would like to work toward a year round finishing program.

We have our flock of sheep at this farm as well. While it is currently a small flock, we have plenty of room to grow. Our 12 bred ewes will lamb in April. We are hoping for lots of twins! Storm is our guard dog on duty. She has taken to the sheep and guards them vigilantly.

We have moved our few Tennessee Fainting goats to this farm and are looking to acquire a few females to breed some meat goats. Although not the most popular in this country, goat meat is a healthy and tasty meat, and we get the occasional request for it.

cattle grazing stockpiled grass

cattle grazing stockpiled grass

our ewes grazing in front of the barn

our ewes grazing in front of the barn