- We have finally received rain! Because of that the cows have grass to graze.
- Grass at this time of year grows similar to spring time vegetative growth but will not get "ahead of the cows" due to shorter days and cool nights.
- None of our cows are due to calve at this time of year so we have no babies and no expecting Moms.
- The cows we are milking are all accustomed to the routine and can be called "easy keepers".
- Stable fly and horn fly annoyance is over.
- Heat stress for the cows is over.
- Storage of winter forage is complete.
- Judy has a very capable part time helper for milking , Katie Dixon.
Now about the pictures...we intended to re-seed Field #3west this fall in to perennial rye grass. Conditions were so dry in August and September for preparing the seedbed that at the last minute we decided to wait a full year before planting a sward that we'd be living with for the next 10 years. Instead we opted to plant winter rye (aka cereal rye) followed by sorghum as a summer annual next year and then get ready again in '09 for the perennial rye grass. So far the winter rye has been a hit!