Pasture Walks

Seeing What We See! Pasture Walks

spacerWe want to know what’s happening on your land! From our walk together in your pastures we can share what we see and then customize a program for your approval.

Your goals, our methods and know-how can blend to set up a live, functioning eco-system, even in Texas’ weather extremes!

Call us (512-636-3711 Betsy or John at 903-388-5549) and schedule your pasture walk. We do charge a small fee for this initial walk. Once you’re a client we try to come as often as once a year – sometimes more. We want to make sure our programs are meeting your goals, and a pasture walk is always a good way to catch up with what’s happening with you and the land.

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 Here is some of what we are taking notice of when we take a pasture walk:

  • What grasses are growing?
  • Are they standing up with vigor? Or struggling?
  • Are they natives?
  • Are the plants low successional or high successional?
  • Legumes? Forbs?
  • Lots of diversity or not?
  • What weeds are growing and what do they tell us?
  • Is there some glaring mineral/nutrient deficiency?
  • Is heavy chemical use apparent?
  • Are pastures a monoculture or multi-culture?

John St Pe with Diane Pullen in East Texas
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  • Which cultural practices are evident?
  • Is the mowing appropriate for the type of grass spacergrowing?
  • Equipment used for what?
  • Using rotational, mob or continuous grazing?
  • Clean water?
  • Shade for Texas heat?
  • Irrigation?
  • Brush control?
  • What do the animals look like? (Skin health? Temperment? Odor? Herd health?)
  • Manure color and consistency?

 

Nice, deep white roots with lots of feeder roots. Excellent!

  • How deep are the roots?
  • Do they run vertically or horizontally?
  • Are there feeder roots;
  • Are mycorrhizae apparent?
  • What color are the roots?
  • Are the roots cycling nutrients?
  • Is Calcium available?
  • Is the land compacted? Crusted?
  • How balanced are the minerals?
  • Is wildlife visible? Birds, butterflies, bees, dung beetles, earth worm castings, droppings from all sorts of wildlife?

Thru the years we have noticed that a lot of people enjoy walking in their pastures with us as we point out what we see. Frankly, it is some of our most enjoyable work. Every piece of land is different, yet very much the same. The history is different for sure, but all those past dreams and imprints have touched your land and it will always reflect those imprints. Your goals for your land and how you want to manage it shape its future. Much can be discovered about your land just by walking, digging, and talking together.

And don’t forget, you are always welcome to come to Ross Farm for a visit and to see what we are doing on our own place. Contact us, please, before you come.