Last year we lacked movable fencing so we did not do any rotational grazing so this pasture was over taken by giant ragweed, reed canarygrass, goldenrod, burdock, thistle etc.. This year all these weeds were there but with the power of the goats and cows (and me), they have been knocked back significantly. In order to use the movable fencing I needed to actually 'mow' a path so I could put the fencing into the ground. Below is a picture of my tool of choice.
|Stihl FS90 with a course grass/brush attachment and a fine brush attachment.|
|Not an unusual scene in our pastures before grazing. Notice the movable fencing in bottom of picture and that handsome devil among the burdock.|
|This is what the pasture looked like before grazing. Notice anything in the photo?|
|After animals, before 'mowing'.|
|After 'mowing' with the brush cutter.|
|Pasture now. Notice some clover, dandelion and orchard grass. There is also some thistle and others I do not know.|
Anyway, I'll leave it at this for now. One last picture of the animals in an area that was overtaken by reed canarygrass that was over 6 feet tall earlier this spring. This is their third time through this area. Canarygrass is notorious for overtaking areas because it grows so tall and all that biomass covers the ground and nothing is able to compete.