We began transitioning from large sheep breeds to smaller Shetlands because they eat less and are well suited to a grass only diet. This is vital since we want to avoid genetically modified (GM) feed. Our pasture is a work in progress and these smaller sheep don’t put the strain on it that the larger breeds did.
I blogged in June about how we used the poor man’s pasture improvement scheme to advantage on our sandy soil. It works well but is slow going. We have some spoiled round bales that we have been using for our deep mulch/no till vegetable garden.
Because the hay is better at growing grass than it is at smothering weeds, we decided to spread it on the pasture instead. Leaves or straw are better choices for a weed/grass free garden, anyway. The photo below shows what happened to the thick mulch at the edge of the garden. This is one year’s growth. I’d love to have pasture grass that thick!
I thought about pushing a bale onto a piece of plywood and pulling it out to the pasture behind the lawn tractor. The bales were so wet and settled it was easier to pull them apart with a turning fork and load the strips into the little trailer.
It is easy to dump the load and kinda kick it around to spread it out.
I started the project and one of my adult sons stepped up and is out there finishing it. I can’t wait to see how large an area six 450# round bales will cover.
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