We have established and defined pasture and crop growing areas on Happy Earth Farm. Most of our land is designated to pasture/grazing, with a smaller portion set aside for growing crops. In addition to the front acreage, we have a fertile ½ acre piece next to the road that has been our primary crop producing land. After the last harvest in the fall, these areas are seeded with cover crops of clover, rye, wheat and forage radishes to recondition the soil. None of these areas are fenced.
A few weeks ago, we decided to plant only in the front beds, leaving the street-side ½ acre unclaimed for any “real” use. Well Steve began to obsess about that area, with its lush early spring growth of delectable goodies. He began with the “geez, the cows would really enjoy those greens”……to the “how can I get the cows in there to enjoy those greens”. We couldn’t leave the house without him brainstorming and I’m pretty sure he was losing sleep nightly as he diagramed mental scenarios of how to get the cows into that street bordered unfenced area.
Sunday night he exclaimed, “I’ve got it all worked out…..this is going to be great. Tomorrow we will conduct our first real cattle drive”. Oh boy. My look of total skepticism was duly noted and vehemently challenged.
So bright and early Monday morning Steve was hurrying about setting up temporary fencing with the posts and wire we use for our internal pasture separation…..made of flimsy plastic mind you. My job was to walk behind the cows as Steve led them down the side of the road to the opening of the temporary pasture. It started out great, but cows tend to get distracted easily. As the first 1,000 pound girl decided to head for the street, I did what any good passive aggressive spouse would do……I quietly stepped back with an “I told you so” look on my face to let Steve trample through the thorn bushed to retrieve her. And so it went, they headed for the street and Steve headed for the needle sharp bushes to get them back on track. But I have to hand it to Steve, order was restored and they filed into their new temporary home.
But I’m still reserving judgment on this caper. Okay, Steve got them in there, but they haven’t challenged the plastic fencing yet and in a couple of days Steve has to figure out how to get them back to their lack-luster regular pasture. Yep, this girl is still pretty passive-aggressive and skeptical.