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We Have New Neighbours …

… – temporarily, that is. Cousin Mark has his cattle on our property again, for about a week. Here they are:

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Cows & Calves

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Crowding Between Fence and Cactus

The food won’t last very long on this pasture, though, as it’s getting drier by the day:

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Dry Pasture

So Mark will have to move the cattle again soon.

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Am I really Supposed to Drink THAT??!!

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Crowding around the Water Trough

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We All Have Our Numbers

Sometimes, btw, we’re lucky and, after Mark has slaughtered some of his cattle, we get some meat. And with his cattle, that has been in pastures all the time and only been fed hay in addition, if necessary, this meat is of a really superb quality. Btw, cattle – non-dairy cattle, that is – is raised on pastures only here and not “industrially”, and is only fed hay additionally, but nothing like bone meal e.g.  Well, in the feeding lots the cattle get corn before they’re being slaughtered. And that’s why BSE is virtually unkwon here in the USA. There have been only 4 cases so far, and compared to the enormous number of cattle raised here that’s really negligible. This free-range raising of cattle, btw, is the reasonwhy in West Texas – where it’s so much drier than even here – there are these enormous ranches: just one “unit” – a cow and a calf – up there needs up to 200 acres to survive.

4 responses to “We Have New Neighbours …

  1. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as clean as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

    • Hi,
      Thanks for visiting my blog and the many “likes”. I hope you enjoyed what you read and saw and that you’ll be back soon.
      Best regards,
      Pit

  2. Wow. Two hundred acres per unit! Here it’s more like five acres per cow/calf pair. We get a lot more rain here and I’ve already seen farms which are on their third hay cut this summer.

    Cheers.

    • Hi Randall,
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’m not absolutely sure about the figure, but I thinkl I’ve read that about West Texas, where some land won’t even support cattle but only sheep, or, if it’s too bad for them, goats. Here, we’ve had some good rains from January to April [and already got more than last year], but now it’s (too) dry again. So far it’s only been one hay cut hereabouts.
      Take care,
      Pit

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