I don’t know if the drought is officially over, but here at the farm we have had just enough rain over the last 10 days to stimulate those Grass Roots back into miracle mode. It is miraculus what Grass Roots can do with rich soils, sunshine and rain glorious rain. Kristin and I were finishing up a day of moving the round bales across town from Dianes Farm. I wanted to get my tractor home before dark. I have an 1986 John deere 2350 with an open cab and one little light in the front, not good on the road at night in traffic. 8th gear and wide open with 65 horse power of diesel exhaust roaring out 2 feet in front of me, winding thru the back hills of New Braintree back to the farm. About half way back just as I was passing Cusky Pond on Worcester rd, the sky opened up and dumped those beautiful diamond shaped drops. Typically I would have been pissed to be caught in such an unforcasted storm in an open cab tractor at night on the road, this time I was pumping my hands in the air and screaming with sheer joy. Im sure my wife Kristin was laughing her but off in the nice dry cab of Betsy our GMC Serria as she followed behind me. She was no doubt also feeling the joy and relief that the rain would bring. Even a 1/4″ of rain here and there can translate into 2 or 3 inches of grass and across 100 acres of fields and pastures can turn us into grass flush farmers over night.
We are 100% grass fed farm, unlike the so called pastured beef which describes where the cattle are fed instead of what they are being fed we feed and finish on high quality organically raised grasses. When its as dry as it has been we have to use our winter stores of haylage big round bales wrapped up in white plastic to achieve the highest quality and nutrition (those big marshmallows you see in the fields) for grass only cattle during winter months when they need high quality feed the most. The cost of the drought has been roughly 1300$ a week in unexpected expense. Now just days later we feel like grass millionaires with the herd in high performance mode vacuuming up the fresh grass and packing on the weight. Happy cows make a happy farmer. Thank God and keep it coming.