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{Watch} We Moved The Flerd

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June 25, 2022

It has continued to be hot and sunny here on the farm but thanks to deep roots and healthy soil the plants are still green and vibrant. 

But this didn't happen by accident! We cultivate deep roots and healthy soil by using planned regenerative grazing with all our livestock. 

Thats a big phrase, but basically we use the livestock to trim and reset the grass (our solar panel) and then give it time (30-120 days) to fully rest and recover.

This keeps the grass healthy (overgrown brown forage is not a functioning solar panel), but prevents bare soil and land degradation. 

To do this we are moving our livestock to fresh pasture each and every day. 

We often get questions about how we are able to move our livestock so often and how much time it takes. Haha I thought the best way to answer some of those questions would be to show you. 

You might think my call is a little funny ( we were recently discussing its origins and no one is quite sure where it came from in that iteration), but the animals know it specifically.

They won't come to just any call! In John 10:57 it says "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."

There is a lot of meaning to that verse but it was originally spoken to a pastoral people who fully understood what it meant for their livestock to understand their unique call and they really do!

Moving the livestock to fresh pasture takes only minutes each day but it is one of my favorite aspects of our pasture based farm. 

There is just nothing like the joy and satisfaction that comes from moving livestock onto a fresh sward of forage and hearing them gently grazing.

I hope you enjoyed that look into one of my favorite aspects of the farm!

P.S. Bonus points if you watched to the end of the video and heard my father hollar "they are all in" he didn't know I was taking a video and was wondering why I was still standing there :)