Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Out To Pasture...

Out to pasture...

That phrase could mean a number of different things...but in this case, it means exactly what it says.

This week we put the cows out to pasture for the first time this spring, and they were thrilled!  I think they can actually smell spring in the air.  They can feel the warmer air, see more activity going on outside the barn windows, and maybe they even notice that we've put away our winter attire.  (except we did have to pull it out again for a few days.  Brrrr...)  Could they be that smart?  Well...

We put the cows out for a few hours here at home on Monday, and we put the heifers and dry cows at the other farm out this afternoon.  It looks inviting, doesn't it?

On a side note...the other farm is along a very busy road, which is being widened. The state workers who are doing the roadwork took down a big section of that nice white PVC fence that runs around the meadow.  They replaced it with temporary fencing, and we think they did a nice job.  However, there's something reassuring about a solid fence, when it comes to cows.  Hopefully they respect this temporary fence as much as they did the old one!  When the roadwork is done, the PVC fence will be replaced...

Anyway...Jim decided to section off the meadow for now.  The grass in the northern part of the meadow is higher than the rest of the meadow, so we made a temporary fence this morning.  I put in the fiberglass posts while he fed the heifers, and then he ran the wire....

The animals will have this large section to graze in for now, and after a while we'll give them the entire meadow...

They know something's up...

Here's just a short clip of them as Jim opens the wire to the barn yard...

We watched them for awhile to make sure that they knew where their boundaries were.  The temporary fence wasn't super visible, so we tied bright blue baler twine to each section so that it would catch their eye.  It's always good if one of them gets a little too close and gets shocked, just so they know it's a hot wire!  None of them did today though, and when we left they all seemed to be behaving.  There were a few that kicked up their heels and ran in circles, but for the most part they were too busy eating to be rambunctious...

If you click on the picture, I think you'll be able to see the bright blue twine that we tied to the wire...

What a life.  If I were a cow I'd think I was in heaven!
(Linking up a little late to Good Fences!)  Thanks TexWisGirl, for hosting!


  1. I can only imagine how happy they must be! Nothing like spring!

  2. Yes it looks like your cows are in heaven. Your farm looks so nice white barn and fences and green grass and happy cows. A job well done.
    It feels good to see the cows letting loose after being inside all winter.
    Have a beautiful day.

  3. they're so happy! yay for fences - permanent and temporary! :)

  4. Happy cows!! I can almost feel the warmth and hear the sounds of spring when I look at your pictures. Thanks for sharing. -Jenn

  5. I hope they continue to behave and stay in place! It looks like they have plenty of good eating.

  6. I miss the spring cattle drive (on horseback) when our ex-neighbour took his 120 head to summer pasture along a main paved road

  7. Heaven indeed:) Love this time of year. We on the other hand are far from it:) Hug B

  8. Its beautiful!!! Just breath taking. I love all of the green and the black and white cows. I love looking at all of the white fences against the green too. I imagine when they start our road work we will have to take down our fences for awhile too. Have a lovely rest of the week.

  9. I am sure the cows like being out in pasture

  10. Oh I bet those cows are happy to be out there in the pasture. Though I see cows on my walk all the time there is a farm up the road who keeps about 5 of them in the barn during the winter but lets them out in the pasture in during the warmer months. Looking forward to seeing them again. :)

  11. It's always good to see them get out in the spring, and I am SO GLAD your snow has melted (again). Temps are dropping to the 30's here tonight, I am praying we are not going to have a roasting summer... that's what the almanac is warning.

  12. Had to watch the video twice. I never get tired of seeing your beautiful animals and the fun they have in new pasture.


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