Pasture Rotation: Spring Flush. Spring was sneaky this year. All of a sudden we are up to our knees in projects, farm chores, lambs and baby chicks. Taking a break from the homestead this fall was just what I needed to be ready to take on Spring, and maybe I will plan to do it again this year. I am happy to have fresh milk again, and our chickens are laying so many eggs! The grass, oh the grass is definitely growing again. We had some great rains this Winter, which was such a blessing.
Farmers refer to the time of lush grass as “Spring Flush”. With the favorable weather, and abundant pastures cows will often increase their milk production in the Spring. Add in the all the farm animals born this time of year, and the term really starts to make sense.
We experienced Spring flush in full swing this year. As soon as the weather decided to warm up, our grass bolted! The sheep and goats could hardly keep up with the new growth. We spent nearly 6 months this winter just wishing the grass would grow, but we were patient and kept them out of the pastures. As soon as the last ewe sheep had her lambs, we put them on the grass and they were thrilled. They were running around eating as fast as they could, running from one spot to another. What a sight to see!
Conquering the Weeds
One of the most dominant weeds we have on the property is common mallow. While reading All Flesh is Grass by Gene Logsdon, I learned that mallow grows more on land that has been disturbed. I am confident that with our pasture management, and improving the soil the grass will take over. Until then we will continue to mow it to keep it at bay, especially since our sheep are preferring the grass this year. We did notice that we hardly have any tumble weeds growing, it looks like the animals corrected that problem.
We are so grateful for the bounty, and glad we can take a break from buying hay. The growth of the grass is keeping up with our needs for now, and we are working on doubling our available pastures. Our plan is to get access to water, and get something growing in the new pastures before fall. Then we will pick 1 or 2 pastures to keep the animals off of and let it over grow for use during Winter.
To see more about our pasture rotation journey see the Pasture Rotation Archives.