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: 127

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

Forum

Growing Black Locust as a Timber Cash Crop in the Northeast

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Sep 29. 7 Replies

Posting the presentations here in the order they were givenContinue

Shade-tolerant forage seed species and sources?

Started by Ben Harris. Last reply by Ben Harris Sep 29. 14 Replies

As I thin some woods and open up some edge lines, I'm hoping to seed some perennial shade-tolerant forages. I'm mainly focused on wildlife at this point (I don't yet own livestock), and hope to get…Continue

Hedgerows and windbreaks: The paddocks edges.

Started by Joanne Vaughn Sep 16. 0 Replies

As we developed our plan we considered what to do about paddock edges.  Hedgerows, windbreaks came to mind. Can't have an inside without a boundary condition.Is there a list of plants which are safe…Continue

Online International Congress on Beef Cattle

Started by Érico de Sá Petit Lobão. Last reply by Érico de Sá Petit Lobão Sep 10. 1 Reply

The International Online Congress on Beef Cattle (CONACORTE) is an event for all stakeholders in the beef production chain, especially for lovers of quality information from one of the largest world…Continue

Tags: https://congresse.me/eventos/conacorte

Members

© 2020   Created by Peter Smallidge.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service