As we get ready to move our 5 bulls from the "bull pen" pastures this weekend off to their respective breeding groups and other parts of the farm, I'm reminded that we're currently at the height of fly season and bulls appreciate the opportunity to use young trees for scratching posts.  Just because the cows may not cause excessive harm to young, desirable trees doesn't mean that bulls won't.  Case in point in the picture below from our ranch in Argentina.  These pines were ~ 5 years old and 10-15 feet tall when one of our bulls decided he was going to show off for the ladies.  As a result, we now have some not-so-straight pines scattered around the silvopastures.

The culprit (Mr. Bull)...

Note: just because this is the Southern Hemisphere doesn't mean the results would be much different in the Northern Hemisphere!

Views: 226

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Brett,

I am pretty sure in the northern hemisphere the trees would have been bent in the opposite direction. 

I snapped this picture last evening of two of our bulls here rubbing off some winter fuzz on a dead larch tree, and it reminded me of this old post on the importance of recognizing the potential for certain animals to cause more damage than others when grazing amongst vulnerable trees.

good info Brett, thanks for posting 



Brett Chedzoy said:

I snapped this picture last evening of two of our bulls here rubbing off some winter fuzz on a dead larch tree, and it reminded me of this old post on the importance of recognizing the potential for certain animals to cause more damage than others when grazing amongst vulnerable trees.

Reply to Discussion

RSS

About

Forum

Silvopasture operations in the North Carolina area?

Started by Ben Hirsh. Last reply by Corrine Wright Mar 1. 3 Replies

I recently purchased 500 acres in the southwest corner of North Carolina. The property contains around 30 acres of developed pastures. There are another 100 acres of forest that was selectively…Continue

Agroforester Job Opening

Started by Katie Commender. Last reply by Dylan Heagy Jan 31. 1 Reply

Appalachian Sustainable Development is searching for a part-time, regionally remote Agroforester to join our team! This new position will be responsible for providing technical and financial…Continue

Tags: agroforestry

Recap: Trees for shade, fodder, and carbon webinar (Virginia Tech, WMLand Solutions, and Working Trees)

Started by John Foye Sep 8, 2022. 0 Replies

Hi all -- glad to be a part of the group! At Working Trees we get producers paid for the carbon stored in silvopasture…Continue

Members

© 2023   Created by Peter Smallidge.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service