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  • New Mowing Crew

    I thought you all might enjoy pics of my new mowers. I've had them for a while but enlisted their services on my aisles this weekend. My tractor is down and that is what I use for mowing usually. With the addition of a few electric fence gates at the end of my aisles, I let my six cattle in to take down the grass/weeds. They are doing a fantastic job!

    I may have to make this standard practice and save on diesel fuel this summer! I'll bet all together I have at least an acre tied up in aisles between my paddocks and pastures. the aisles are 16 or more feet wide so it's not too cramped.

    I love the way cattle graze too...they are not picky and eat almost everything as well as the areas where horses would not eat. Best of all they turn that grass into yummy meat! I have three heifers, an old cow I bought to slaughter this spring for burger, a steer for processing later this summer and a young bull.

    Our grass/weeds are going gangbusters with all this rain and unusually warm weather.

    Here are pics of my Angus/herefords doing their new job with obvious enjoyment being watched by envious horses. The horses are not afraid of the cattle and have plenty of room to move away if they choose.

    http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...s/IMG_1399.jpg

    http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...s/IMG_1402.jpg

    http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...s/IMG_1405.jpg

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    How quickly can the "mow"?
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    • #3
      Awesome! I usually let my retirees out in my aisles but worry this time of year. Wish I had a cow or two...

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      • #4
        Nice working bunch. Long term, you may notice EXTRA growth from their manure fertilizer in the aisles.

        I would imagine they do save you hours and fuel by helping you out. PLUS the bonus of freezer meat. Good thinking on your part.

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        • #5
          I love how the horses are supervising:

          "Uh - you! Yes, you - you're doing it wrong..."
          My warmbloods have actually drunk mulled wine in the past. Not today though. A drunk warmblood is a surly warmblood. - WildandWickedWarmbloods

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          • #6
            Your horses would like a chance to bid on that mowing contract.
            The armchair saddler
            Politically Pro-Cat

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              #7
              Well JB...I'm quite amazed at how fast they mow! I took a few pics today. They are making a real difference!

              Here is a picture of one of the aisles...I took two..one straight down the middle and one from the edge so you can see the grass on the other side where they could not reach.

              The only "weed" they are not eating are buttercups and some grassy looking weed...don't know what it is. Everything else they are chomping down nicely.

              http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...s/IMG_1413.jpg

              http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...s/IMG_1412.jpg

              The "girls"...now aren't they nice and plump? These are the heifers...they are hopefully getting bred for calves in the late Fall/early winter which is the ideal season here.

              http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...s/IMG_1407.jpg

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              • #8
                Oh they're gorgeous DB! Lovely ladies...lovely condition!

                And nothing is better than those types of mowers. A boring time consuming job gets done without any work from you AND livestock gets fed at the same time!
                You jump in the saddle,
                Hold onto the bridle!
                Jump in the line!
                ...Belefonte

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                • #9
                  They ARE beautiful ladies!!!

                  I need a cow or two to eat my chickweed
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                    #10
                    Thanks! They are funny! That is Bossy in front and Shorty behind her. I also have another called Spooky. I haven't named the bull yet. I can't decide if he's a keeper or not. I usually call the Steer TBone to set the appropriate mood. The old cow is not named either. She has udder problems so her days are numbered I'm afraid. I haven't had the two boys or the old cow long...just got them in Feb.

                    Isn't it amazing how well they mow? That was just one day of work. ;-) I just showed my husband the pics and he just grinned and laughed. We both hate mowing. I'm planning to fence the whole back half of the farm to let them keep the grass down off my electric so I don't have to mow or spray so much.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Daydream Believer View Post
                      Well JB...I'm quite amazed at how fast they mow! I took a few pics today. They are making a real difference!

                      Here is a picture of one of the aisles...I took two..one straight down the middle and one from the edge so you can see the grass on the other side where they could not reach.

                      The only "weed" they are not eating are buttercups and some grassy looking weed...don't know what it is. Everything else they are chomping down nicely.

                      http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...s/IMG_1413.jpg

                      http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...s/IMG_1412.jpg

                      The "girls"...now aren't they nice and plump? These are the heifers...they are hopefully getting bred for calves in the late Fall/early winter which is the ideal season here.

                      http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...s/IMG_1407.jpg
                      Wow. The horses can't hold a candle to your cows' work. Do they do patterns as seen on baseball diamonds? And they are beautiful, too.
                      The armchair saddler
                      Politically Pro-Cat

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                      • #12
                        We let the horses out in our tractorways but I'm afraid they leave tufts, and we also don't have your nice fencing on our perimeter - is that the brown horseguard tape or centaur or what? Very sensible use of their time!
                        Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                        Incredible Invisible

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                        • #13
                          Aren't buttercup poisonous? You need some goats to clean up the rest.

                          'nway you're going to want to rotate them into your horse pastures too if you've got the space, since they interrupt the worm cycle!

                          Lots of great reasons to raise a bio-diverse farm
                          "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
                          Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
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