David,  Diet,  Environment,  Pasture

Second pass…

…after a 45-day rest period, we’re bringing the main herd to where we started six weeks ago.

Thistle Hill Farm Clover
Photo by Church Humphreys

The clover stand predominates…probably 60-70%. Church took the phrase “overseeding” too literally last winter.

We may adjust paddock size this time around. We could use more trampling effect. Again trampled grass is particularly beneficial in the hot weather as a kind of armor coating for bare soil. It also breaks down and is beneficial for carbon sequestration and organic matter. Wanna keep those microbes happy!

And all that clover adds nitrogen to the soil…saving tons of fertilizer which keeps the treasury happy!

That much clover dominated the regrowth of our grasses…but the cows will love it in the hot summer days to come.


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