Crossing the River Part 2

Well we did it! After a very intense rainfall this weekend it was time to get the cows back across The Cow Pasture River. The river was high today and a bit swift. Michael, Daniel and I were nervous but confident the cows were going to cross without fail. It was time for them to come back across to the river field for fresh pasture. You can see them lined up and ready to go.

Daniel crosses the swinging bridge where I follow behind and Michael stays across the river to call them over. Since the water is much faster than last weeks move we cannot have any vehicles or people crossing in the water with them like Daniel did on the tractor last week. Michael did a great job calling them across the river and kept them from floating too far downstream. The current nudged at them but they were tough and came through just a little further down stream than we anticipated. It was wonderful to watch them all keep up the fast swimming pace.
The team effort we shared today was palpable. Daniel is always right on target with his directions. I give a slight verbal push from behind we eventually get the timid calves hanging in the rear into the river too.  It was a huge feeling of relief when all of them were finally finding shore on the other side. We will be sleeping better now that they are across. They’re calling for more rain the next two days. You can see them calmly grazing as if nothing significant happened!
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About Grace

Grace and her husband Michael manage Buxton a Polyface satellite farm. Her first passion is to align with radiant health. She knows intimately that when you have your health you can do anything. Next, her passion for vibrant healthy food and beautiful landscapes along with her interest in permaculture influenced Grace's decision to align with the Polyface farming model. With 20 years of experience in the healing arts, she feels growing food and pasture raising animals is one of the greatest healers and a true source of personal empowerment. It's been said, "if you're not living on the edge your taking up too much space." Grace lives joyfully on the "leading edge" surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the appalachian mountains where her and Michael steward 1000 acres with profound appreciation."

One Response to Crossing the River Part 2

  1. SOL 'N TYNE says:

    Great job!!! If we had seen a horse in the picture would like likek 'ole' times!!! You are our heroes!