11 April 2017

Fanny At The Feeder

Fanny At The Feeder

It feels like Spring, and perhaps the biggest marker of Spring is when the animals stop eating hay and go out to graze. The sun is warm again today and there was plenty of rain, the grass is starting to shoot up. With Chloe gone, I have think through another whole grass management plan we need less rotational grazing and the donkeys and sheep are not as heavy as Chloe, they will not chew up the ground so much.

Apart from being heavy, horses pull grass up from the roots, often leaving mud. So we'll see what happens. We have three pastures to us, and I'm thinking we'll open up one at a time for one or two weeks, then  give the pasture a rest. The donkeys are ready. For some reason, Fanny chose the sheep feeder and Lulu and the sheep all chose the donkey feeder. You never really know what's going on with animals, there are kinds of secret signals and gestures and rituals that we know nothing about.

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