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  • Writer's pictureLeith MacKenzie

September 2021

We are enjoying the bountiful grass this year. I don’t think the pastures have ever looked better.

One of the sheep flocks is grazing the solar site we mentioned earlier this year. Grazing the solar site is pretty different from what we normally do. We set up the fences similarly but we are trying to balance managing or "mowing" vegetation at the site that the sheep don’t really want to eat while keeping the sheep and lambs healthy.

Sheep grazing red clover under solar panels

It takes about 3 weeks for the flock to graze the site. We move them every 2 to 3 days. The last day they have eaten all the desirable species like clover and grass and are forced into eating plants they would rather not, like the ash trees and different weeds that grow up under the panels. I haven’t weighed lambs but they definitely grow slower at the site and will need extra worming. The payment for our mowing services more than makes up for the loss in production.

I moved the momma cows into this paddock a few hours ago. They filled up on grass and are now all ruminating.

Thanks for reading,

Leith & Mary Kate MacKenzie


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