Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Fair Wind

We complain a lot about the wind here, but the fact is, it makes for good cattle country. It keeps the flies down in summer. More importantly, you rarely see our cows pawing through snow for grass. The wind keeps parts of the pastures bared off so they can graze freely, which saves us a bunch in winter feeding. And because our winds vary from north to west to sometimes south and east, they tend to bare off different parts of the pastures from one week to the next, so the cows can use most of the grass.

So here's to the wind. Nice to know it's good for something.  



5 comments:

Anita said...

Good facts about wind, cattle, pastures, and flies. I've learned something new today. Now I just have to figure out how to get it into a conversation. :)

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Kari Lynn Dell said...

Thanks, Anita. Nothing I like better than providing a good conversation starter.

Simon Hay said...

Great photos and country. I've a new friend who has a cattle breeding farm in VIC, Australia. I visit at the end of my trip for 2 days when I'm travelling for work. Farm work relaxes me. There are flies. The wind keeps them out of your mouth, but I still swallow a fly each day.

Kari Lynn Dell said...

Ugh, Simon. That sounds like the buffalo gnats in the Pacific Northwest. Nasty little buggers.

Kari Lynn Dell said...

Ugh, Simon. That sounds like the buffalo gnats in the Pacific Northwest. Nasty little buggers.