New Bulls at Ashott Barton
Roberta Edgar’s Hercules came to us in May 2010 summer and returned each summer So I still had the two bull problem but my determination to avoid bulls with any Saler blood or polled lines makes this inevitable.
Millennium ‘s cows have Essington Best man as herd sire, while all of Millennium’s Daughters out of the Bribery and Tulip cows are with Hercules.
Not Just Livestock Units – The loss of MillenniumiMarch 2011 has led to much realigning within the herd. It has taken the whole summer for his old cows to adjust to Boy(Esssington Best Man) while the young cows, Millenniums daughters were unaffected. The old girls have taken a back seat and the leader is now Cowslip, daughter of Mel. Her mother was one of the Matriarchs of the herd. Her close associate is Dairymaid. This is a mirror of what happened with their mothers. I find the herd behavior fascinating and wonderful to observe. Knowing the way the cows fit together informs my decisions about the management better and creates less stress for them. Paying attention to how the cows tick simply makes my life with them easier and so much more rewarding than just pushing them around, as so many live stock units.