|"Dal Boy" the bullock (He looks like a Dalmation), "Archie" the British Frisian bullock and "Rosie" the Simmental X Holstein heifer happily grazing on the fields above Bantry Bay, Ireland.|
|"Copper". She's an Hereford, Limousin cross. All out cattle have names and the vet always smiles when he takes their blue card away at testing times to say they have passed their test for TB or Brucellosis.|
Apparently since British and Irish farmers have started making silage instead of letting the grass grow for hay. The bees and insects are decreasing in numbers because traditional hay meadows had flowers to pollinate. The silage cuts the wild flowers before they are in flower. So the bees don't get to pollinate. I understand why we have to make silage because you just don't get good summers for hay any more and you can store silage in a pit or round bales outside, wrapped in plastic. Also some farmers get 3 cuts of silage instead of just one crop of hay.
You can see where the electric fence was placed and the darker green new grass. The bottom of the picture shows a bit of 'poaching' in the 'hollow field' which is always a bit wet and the rushes love it. My grandfather use to cut the rushes and take them back to the farm and use them for bedding for the cattle. We top them with the tractor and sometimes try to spray the rushes. But they always come back. Apparently a rush seed can live in the soil, dormant for 60 years. How do other smallholders cope with soft rushes?