In Genesis, we are given the dominion mandate. We are to take dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and
the beasts of the earth. We eat a lot of beef. If we did not raise cattle and had to go hunting every time we needed meat
we might go hungry. Thus, in order to take dominion we put cattle in pens and raise them up until they are ready to eat.
There are right and wrongs to raising cattle. We strive to raise them right. When we read the Bible we do not find that
cattle eat grains such as corn and soybeans. They eat grass. Cattle have four stomachs for a reason. When the cattle eat the
grass it goes first to the first stomach. Then, after the stomach breaks it down a little, the cattle "burp it up"
and chew it up again and swallow it down to the second stomach. This continues until it reaches the fourth stomach where it
is then digested.
We put our cattle in the pasture in temporary paddocks for multiple reasons. The first being that they where made to eat
grass. Another reason is that by limiting the amount of grass that the cattle have access to at one time we can utilize the
space we have in our pasture. We split our pasture into two halves. The cattle are penned up in a temporary paddock (an area
enclosed with electric fence and easily moved temporary fence posts) and are moved each day, in the evening, to a new paddock.
We have three wires set up so that the cattle are kept in with two while there is always one ahead for them to be moved into
the next move. (This means that we move the back wire every day after we move the cattle so that we can easily move the cattle
to the next paddock the next day.)
When the cattle eat grass there is a certain point to which they can eat it until it becomes dormant (stops growing).
When you mow your lawn once or twice you should begin to notice that if you let it grow it will seed out very short. It will
not grow up to its natural height before it seeds because you have cut it below the growth line. We don't want our cattle
to be turned loose out on the open pasture to eat the grass down below the growth line because then the grass would not grow
and the cattle would have nothing to eat. Instead we put our cattle in paddocks so that they can just top off the grass. The
cattle start in one place and do not return to eat there until about 28 days later. (We have our pasture split up into 28
Another reason we move our cattle every day is because cattle find the grass they like and eat nothing but it. The ground
around the certain spot gets all torn up and you will have a torn up mess for a pasture. When we move our cattle they eat
the grass they have and don't really have any time to find the grass that they like before they are moved the next day. Also,
in the 28 days that the grass sits idle, it has a chance to sanitize. With the help of the sun and rain the grass is washed
and then heat sanitized. This helps to prevent sickness in the herd.
Picture at left:
This is one of our beeves loafing in the May pastures.