Savannah on the Farm

We have started clearing an old savannah as a conservation practice. A long time ago, fire and large game animals would have kept this patch of woods more open. It would have had more grasses, and trees would not have been as dense. By opening it back up, it will allow native grasses to grow and provide the oaks and hickories to grow larger.

Is winter ever going to end?

We choose this time of year to calve because the green spring grass is usually beginning to grow pretty good by the first week of April. This gives the cows extra energy and nutrition for the milk they are producing for their calves. Unfortunately, this year we are still feeding hay, as are most farmers around us. This year has proven to us again how important it is to stockpile extra hay and/or grass from the previous summer. So, we are continuing to feed hay this spring as we are tagging calves.