Shepherd note: May 03, 2016

This year we planned on resting the Petaluma Property. However the viewshed needed some landscaping and better cattle then a mow. We just landed in Paddock F and the grass is extremely high and big and lush. Everything in most places on the ranch is going to seed and in later stage phenology. It seems like the rest, not grazing early in the season led to a huge amount of material. It will be interesting to see the long term effects and even next season of the rest and additional material. I am worried that we will not be able to get through the material, or remove enough and possible block out grass next year, but we will see. The photos above show paddock F graze line. The grass in some places is chest and head high.

Shepherd note: Jun 30, 2014

Cattle have been here a week. They are going slower through the forage then we predicted. Maybe about 25% slower. In unit 3 and F where they have grazed so far there has been a fair amount of harding grass and tall fescue to bring protein in their diet. It has been still green in those plants in that area. The cattle seem to eat whatever is in front of them more readily then our growing season cattle we had. The are not as picky. They also heard nicely and have better natural movement. We have gotten great density and impact and if it rains next season I think it is going to look great.

Shepherd note: Apr 17, 2014

Moved the cattle north in unit F in the 1C grid location. The cattle are relatively moody about feed. Even with a fair amount of feed left they look at you to move them. I think we are getting near that time when we have to walk the cattle over the standing dry matter to get the look we want. The grass in areas with thinner soil is starting to yellow. I really enjoy grazing in Unit F. Once it is framed out it is a great place to work. Flat and beautiful. Got up to about 70 today.

 

Shepherd note: Apr 15, 2014

Moved the cattle to unit F today in grid location 1B. Trying to increase the density of the animals to get more even utilization. However a lot of the oats are just staying standing and shaggy. I think we are starting to transition to that time of year when stuff just stays upright more. I realized when reeling up the paddock from yesterday that if you leave the fence line in the posts it can reel up while standing in place easier and go around corners and everything. Also you can put the line under a foot pedal to get more tension when winding up.