“Big Herd” Move
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We have had the “Mob” here at Briarmoor for about a month now and they have gone through all the fields, so come Monday morning most of the group will be hauled to other farms to eat their fill.Β  Then late summer we will get them back.Β  There are around 350 head and it is a sight to see when they get moved from one pasture to another.Β  Here is an example of a move, they are quite docile for a group of this size.

 

 

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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.
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14 Responses to “Big Herd” Move

  1. Joe Bergfeld says:

    Awesome!

  2. Mrs H says:

    Quite a crowd to haul around …!

  3. Caitlyn M. says:

    That is a LOT of cows!! πŸ˜‰ Great video!

  4. tracy says:

    Love seeing good farming in action on the other side of the world. Your lush fields are so different to most of the land in Australia.

  5. Leilani says:

    A beautiful sight to see, non stressful herd management at its best.

  6. Incredible! I am very impressed.

  7. Dawn says:

    Great video – you’re right – that’s quite a sight to see – so unstressed, calm etc. Do they all go that smoothly? There was a tiny calf right near the end of the herd – very cute!

    • Erin Phelan says:

      Like everything, there are times when nothing goes right, but if you keep the environment calm it helps keep all parties calm.
      The calves are my favorite part πŸ™‚

  8. How far apart are the farms that you have to haul them?

  9. Jonelle Rosin says:

    They look YUMMY!! But I think the move would be a bit more fun on horseback! πŸ™‚

  10. Becky says:

    That’s awesome! How big a field does a herd that size need?

    • Erin Phelan says:

      Well, that depends on many factors, but this time around we gave them anywhere from 4 to 7 acres a day.