Sunnybrook Farm shows daily activities of living in rural Virginia.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Tested the electric fence this morning and then turned the steers over into the new pasture of weeds and grass.
They had fun exploring and eating all day. One time Houdini went back to the gate and licked the chain and seemed to study it as if figuring out how he was going to make his escape.
The hose just did reach the corner of the field. I put their salt next to it as they have shown a big interest in it lately. Might be growing their winter coat and the mineral salt helps, Dusty is growing one over the last couple of weeks.
I took down the old fence and cut two patches of blackberry bushes that were not touched by the steers. They ate or tromped down just about everything else. Hauled a load of manure over to their first pasture and threw that on an area that is now coverd by clover.
The stink bug count was pretty low today. This one was foolish enough to land on my pants, the dirty pants had no effect though they keep most other things away but my finger put an end to this brown nastiness.
These are the same berry bushes that I cut down or at least the same location as this quick little gouache painting was done 7 years ago. Not many berries off of them after that year, just lots of briers so they got cut yesterday. My daughter had a good time posing for the painting as she got a basket of berries and as I remember we used some in a cobbler, the ones that didn't get eaten first.