I've always thought Medicine Hat was a great little city. Amazing views. Driving there and back, we spotted antelope and coyotes, in addition to the usual hawks, cows, horses, sheep, rabbits, gophers, etc.
My auntie playing with her grandkids. Pigtails, clashing patterns, amazing frames, and a deep giggle that echoes a room. When my family gets together, we talk politics too loud, we laugh enormously, and hug 100 times. #homeontherange
Overgrazing isn’t a result of too many animals, it’s a product of TIME.
Overgrazing is the act of biting off a grass blade that has recently been bitten. Ideally a blade of grass should only get one bite taken from it, then it should rest for a few weeks or even months before it’s bitten again.
Why? 1. When your cows “double dip” on a blade of grass it begins to diminish your root system. 2. You need some grass blade left to be your solar panel.
It takes a lot longer for grass to grow from 1 inch to 2 inch height compared to what it takes to grow from 4 inch to 5 inch height. Which makes sense because it has a better root system for taking in water and nutrients and a bigger solar panel for converting the suns energy into feed for your cattle.
Overgrazing in that sense can happen with only one cow if she keeps going back to the same plant in the pasture over and over again (and she will because it’s much tastier than the big mature grasses right next to it)
The only way to prevent overgrazing is to manage for rest and recovery for your grasses. Most people say that requires moving cattle every 1-5 days depending on the season.
That sounds like a lot and I have to admit we’ve succeeded and we’ve also failed at doing those daily moves. But I do believe in the principles and I know we can double our production with good management. (I’ve seen the benefits on our ranch) And that right there is enough to keep me motivated.
Do you believe the hype about rotational grazing? Tell me why or why not 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
One of the very first Big Words my now 20-year-old son ever learned was "improvise." There he'd be, his Lego kit spread around him, 3-years-old and completely beside himself when he couldn't find the *exact* piece from the directions. He'd turn his tear-tracked cheeks to me and I would sit beside him and say, "Baby. What we have to do is IMPROVISE. If you can't find the piece in the picture, how can we build it with the pieces we DO have?" This is like that.
I have an old house and if you want to find a square corner, well, Happy Hunting. The front door is no exception. The door is square - it's new and beautifully insulated - but the door frame is most assuredly wonky. I looked for weather stripping that would work, believe me, I did. But it was all too poofy or not reliably sticky enough to stay put. And then I spied this. Thin, durable, super-sticky AND dense. The perfect draft stopper.
And done!! #improvise#diy#newuse#makingitwork#practicewhatipreach#weathertight#door#providencelanefarm#homestead#homeontherange#thehomeplace#welcometomyfrontier