Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Stockpiled Pasture and Smart-donuts


For those of you who are connoisseurs of cow poop will recognize the high, fractured contour of cattle that have been eating overly-mature, high fiber forage.

I look at these cow-flops and can be assured that my new calves are collecting a substantial amount of their gut-fill by grazing. The cracked corn I am feeding them is not visible on the surface of the pat.

By mass, most of the forage that is still available is Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea). Tall Fescue is a bunch-type grass that can be crowded together to make a sod. In general, Tall Fescue is one of the less palatable pasture grasses but it does remain up-right and mold free through the winter and can provide enough nutrition to keep animals alive.


Belladonna is a very fine lass but sometimes she makes sport of us oldsters and our aversion to kid-technology. It is as annoying as the HP guys who claimed to be smarter than the students who used TI calculators. What is intuitive to one group is not intuitive to the other.

There she was talking about smartphones and smart-appliances and smart-this and smart-that.

I informed her that when I was growing up we had smart-donuts.

"?????" her face said.

So I punched her in the shoulder and asked, "Smarts, don't it?"


  1. When we were kids visiting grandparents in Idaho, we found out that dried cow chips made good "firewood."

  2. Yes they do. But don't cook mushrooms and hot dogs over them. ---ken


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