I wish I had this amount of grass in North Pasture at the moment. The herd has had free access to all the northern pastures for the last six weeks and have eaten pretty much everything on offer; the new grass is not happening yet. This photograph shows Waynetta in North Pasture at the end of January last year. Sixteen rare breed cattle grazed Wilden Marsh at the end of November last year, but all were packed off on a two month holiday because there was not enough grazing to sustain them. At the end of January this year, five of the original herd returned to the marsh; the other eleven being shared between other local reserves.
Buttercup gave birth to a calf on the marsh early February and now supports herself and a calf, so I’m supplementary feeding her.
I found the cattle lying in North Riverside Pasture this afternoon. The River Stour is in flood and was overflowing its bank in North Pasture, so I thought it best to get them to higher ground as soon as possible. The river level is now 100mm higher at 9pm than at 5pm . If I hadn’t moved the herd this afternoon, I would be out doing so in the dark right now.
I’m very pleased that I’m relaxing at home on my sofa and not moving cattle around the marsh in driving rain and darkness.