Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Dave contemplates food for the cows. We have our farm land planted in grass for the cows. Our goal is to be able to have the cows grazing year round. Well, to do that, fencing is essential, so that has been an ongoing project around here. By this time in Spring, we have no silage for the cows and no equipment to make hay and the grass is ready to be cut. The best thing is to get those cows out on the grass, so this past Sat., Dave and the boys worked all day putting up fence. They got half of the large hill done. Alot more to go, but it is getting there.
While we were back in the fields, I noticed that the dry cows (cows not being milked, due to being pregnant), were full of flies.
I mentioned to Dave about this and he gave me a lesson on how God had a plan for fly control. If you look at a cow, you will notice that their ears are positioned just right so that the cow can flap them front and shew the flies out of their eyes. Their tails are long so they can swish the flies off their sides and back. Their necks are long enough that they can swing their heads around and shew the flies off the front of their bodies. God's plan for fly control comes in the form of fowl. Do you remember seeing pictures where there are birds or chickens riding on the backs of cattle or wondering around with the cows in a pasture? Fowl love flies! Hey! Maybe I should put a few in our house! I cannot stand flies in the house! But, I don't think I would like chicken manure, either. Bad plan! Anyway, the chickens roam around the cow pastures, picking through the manure for fly larvae and corn that was not digested. They will eat flies right off the cows, too. That decreases fly population, chickens are fed, and they help to fertilize the pastures. The pastures needs certain minerals and such to be able to produce a healthy crop of grass. The cow manure is deficient in nitrogen, but chicken manure is high in nitrogen. See how the Lord had all this planned out? Cows and chickens are meant to be together. Also, chickens are great at keeping tick and other bug population under control. Tempted to get yourself a flock of chickens? If you decide to put them in your house, let me know your manure management plan. By the way, we don't have chicken's either. You can tell by looking at that poor cow. Georgie had a flock the other year and a predator took over half his birds. We heard later, that more than likely the predator was in the form of a cougar. Before we get another flock, we have to come up with a better plan of safety for the birds.
Until next time...............