Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Everything has gotten so green lately. I've wanted to post pictures of it before, but whenever the sun was just right I was busy feeding the rabbits or something, and by the time I went to get Matilda the sun had set and it was too dark. The black cherry trees have leafed out and are all blooming now. The line in the foreground was where we desperately had to put the cows after Richard was gone. They were only there for a few days, but everything green is gone. It was only a small area, so hopefully it didn't do too much damage.
These are the higher up grazing lines that we've only just last year had the cows and goats in. Mostly the goats, because the blackberries scratched Matilda's udder and made it uncomfortable to be milked, and the cows don't eat the browse like the goats do. They still look much wilder than the first grazing lines.
We gave the cows an entire grazing line, which they have been very much enjoying. Matilda has started to fatten up noticeably. She was thin after she got scours during the winter (we're pretty sure it was a virus she'd had from before we got her. She also had a cough and runny nose and was the only one to get sick). I'm glad to see her get some meat on her bones. Every time I've been to other farms and seen other Jersey cows I'd realize she really wasn't that thin, but she was so much thinner than our other cows I couldn't help but worry. Can you even see the cows out there? Geranium was to the left of the big pine tree, and Belle, who has been hanging out with the cows lately, is just next to the little plum tree. The hay bale is on the far end, so they always look like little specks when I get out there. It's been a little challenging to get Matilda down for milking every day, but once they see me Geranium and Isla come running, and that usually gets Matilda, too