Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cattle on Bean Stubble

The cattle are grazing pinto bean stubble. 
There is a purposeful feeling as I watched the cattle. 
Much of the pastureland looks tired this time of year and this year in particular. 
Cattleman Jim has implemented a cell grazing plan. 
This helps keep the grass fresher. 
 Our cows are not suffering, although some of the pastures have dry water holes.
 The striped appearance of the pinto bean field is a feature of Fall in GriggsDakota.
The Pickett-One-Step cuts the plants near the ground and folds them into a swath. 
 Two swaths are laid side by side which is fed through the combine.
The girls didn't appreciate my intrusion and began to move away. 
The resulting residue, made up of husks, vines, leaves and dropped beans are a treat for the cattle. 
The cool evenings must be a relief for the cattle.  
There is peace in the pasture of GriggsDakota.

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