November 11th, 2013. Here is another photo of the rye, now at six weeks. It hasn’t grown much since it was two weeks old.
In the background you can see my fall-calving cows with calves. I moved them home from the summer pasture and now they’re grazing hay fields on the south side of my farm. The bull in the photo has been with the cows for a week, which will give us August and September calves next year.
That’s a good way of saying the bull is having a nice time.
Ahh, the rhythms of the seasons–comforting, I find. You?
Yes, the bull is having a nice time, especially considering this would normally be his down-time. He’s borrowed from my parents and their breeding season is July/August to have April/May calves.
I like the rhythms of the seasons, it just seems like the seasons change before I feel ready, except for winter into spring!
Why fall calving? Better market for the calves or…?
Bruce, I decided to write a post to answer your question. I hope the next post does that.