Back in April we leased an additional 80 acres of new pasture, just across the river from our place. It has been neglected and overgrown and the fencing was not in good shape, but it has lots of potential. So, the long process of turning this old homestead into great pasture for our cattle began. Rick started by dragging the first 30 acres.
Dragging the harrow over the field breaks up any manure clumps, loosens the compacted grasses and soil, reduces weeds and encourages new grass growth.
He dragged the whole field – which has a lovely view of the snow-capped mountains to the north – then applied 1/2 ton per acre of granulated lime. Our soil is very acidic so adding lime to the soil brings the pH up. The spreader is the yellow funnel-shaped thing on the back of the tractor.
Next was trenching for the water and electric lines. They covered up the trenches before I got to take any pictures (they are working on a deadline and don’t stop for photo ops), but you can see the bare spots running through the field to each water trough.
After that came clearing the overgrown vegetation so they could build fences. Some of the overgrowth was so high you could barely see the tractor.
The trees in the fence line had to be trimmed up so they could work underneath.
There is an old fence in that grass somewhere. Around here if you don’t keep it trimmed it will soon be consumed by vegetation.
And then it was time to build fences. Lots and lots of fences. Which required many, many T posts – about 80 per paddock.
So Rick and Alex pulled strings to lay out the fence lines and started driving T posts.