Man, June was a wet month! It certainly created a problem with trying to make hay, but any time it is cool and wet in the summer and the grass keeps growing, I will not complain.
On May 31st we AI bred all our cows at the farm. Keeping the commercial herd in mind, we bred to three different bulls. We used a Hereford bull on our black cows, hoping for a black baldy calf. For our colored cattle (Baldies, smokes, & reds) we used either an angus or black simmental bull, again shooting for a black baldy or a smoke. Ten days after breeding all the cows are turned out with black cleanup bulls for 60 days. I would like to thank David McGlothlin and Lance Fisher with Genetics Plus for coming and doing the breeding work at Eden Shale Farm. They do a phenomenal job and I would highly recommend their services to anyone who would like to artificially breed their cattle.
This past month we have stayed busy making hay when the weather allows and spraying pastures when its too wet to do hay. We try to spray about 60-80 acres a year which, when done on rotation, allows us to spray the entire farm every 5 years. We spray with GrazonNext HL. This product is used for broadleaf control and it also has a residual that will last the entire season, keeping unwanted weeds from coming back later in the season.
In June we had some damage repaired from a storm back in May that tore some metal roofing off of a few barns. Joshua Johns Contracting made the repairs and I would like to thank them for their prompt and professional service.
This summer has been much busier than others in terms of tours and hosting folks at the farm. In late May we hosted a journalist from south Georgia who was writing a story and wanted to include some of the management practices that we are doing at Eden Shale. In June we averaged one tour per week. We hosted the new director for NRCS in Kentucky, along with some of his staff. We hosted a leadership group that was with the Division of Conservation. We gave a tour for a group of Agriculture and Natural Resource agents. We hosted the new EPA director in Kentucky. And Lastly, we had a well attended field day which featured the fenceline feeding system and the large bale feeder. We certainly appreciate all those that took time to come to the farm and see what we are doing.
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