The Barry Farm

Pasture Raised Red Wattle Hogs, Dorper Lambs, Pasture Raised Chicken, Citrus and Blackberries

Following the example

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It has been really wet at the farm for the past couple of days. I got
the truck stuck on Saturday and the sticky clay is inescapable. I don’t want to sound like a complainer, we never turn down rain and our on coming fall forages will be all the better for it. Today was my first opportunity to get the push mower in with the layers. They benefit of course from the grass and the things they find in it, but they like it best when the grass is shorter. I use the mower carefully to mimic nature when it is not possible to put the sheep ahead of them. On our urban farm the timing if rotations doesn’t always allow us to put ruminants before the layers, but that is the ideal situation. In nature ruminants are most often followed by birds. Ever driven on the freeway when the big gang mowers are mowing the medians? Ever notice that there are lots if birds behind them? They are eating the newly exposed insects, seed heads and tender undergrowth of the grasses. This is mimicking the large ruminants on grasslands. Buffalo and prairie birds, rhinos with birds on their backs and cows and cattle birds are all familiar images. Birds fallow ruminants that now. When I can’t get the sheep out ahead of the layers I mow for them, and they in return eat the bugs they find for me.

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