Got a late start this morning, but headed up to roll up a polybraid, then take it to the paddock where the cows were and set it up. I had put off rolling this polybraid up all summer and because of that, there was some damage to the wire (it wasn’t energised all this time) from deer, calves, sheep chewing on it and breaking the tiny wires braided inside the poly.
Thinking the cows would be starving (they act like that a lot), I provided them far too large a stockpiled paddock. They just ran around trampling their food and kicking up their heels! Despite standing knee deep in fresh grass, after about an hour, some of them had wandered back into the old paddock to nibble on short clovers.
This is the first strip of winter stockpile I’ve turned them onto this season. The paddock size is 17.9 acres, but they’ve been alloted about 7, which as i said was far too much. It’s grown pretty good although this is growth since May, not August- September, so the quality will not be as good and I’ll need to watch the condition of the cows as winter becomes more severe and they need more energy. I estimated there are about 7 inches of forage at about 350 lbs per inch giving 2450# per acre. Given the number of cows and calves in this mob, they eat about 6000# per day, so this 7 acre allotment should yield about 17,150 lbs or 3 days of grazing. It will be interesting to see how close i get to the estimation.
Forecasting snow flurries by morning.