Drought Stressed Pasture

We stopped by the pasture yesterday to drop off some protein tubs. Since we are about 8 inches behind in rain for the year, and the temperatures for the last 20 days have been over 100 degrees, the pasture is pretty much fried.

The good news is that it actually looks better than it did a couple weeks ago thanks to cooler temps last week and a little bit of rain. Because the quality of the remaining grass is lacking, Harland has been supplementing their diet with protein lick tubs for the last few weeks.

We dropped off 3 more of them yesterday. Most of the cattle were out of sight enjoying the shade of the trees down in the valley except for two cows.  Number 183 was busily licking at this tub when I got out of the truck and I walked right up to her.

Strange she didn’t run away. I turned to Harland, “Hey, she’s very nearly tame.”

He replied, “Yeah, and you know what else is weird about her is that she is here licking at the tubs every time I come down here.”

Number 183 is a protein tub junkie. She needs an intervention.

Says Number 183:  “Mmmmmmmolasses. “

Anyway, the temperatures have cooled down from the blast furnace we enjoyed earlier. Highs this week are only supposed to about 90 degrees each day. And there’s more rain in the forecast, so we’re hoping the grass will hold out until fall when we’ll bring the herd home for the winter.

In the meantime, Number 183 goes from tub to tub, licking each one in turn.

 “I think this one tastes better. Mmm…num num num.”