Friday, June 2, 2017

Livestock out in the Fields

I took a nice drive around some rural roads here this morning, and captured both some livestock and crops on various farms.  It's a beautiful time of year in the country, as most of the leaves are out, the crops are planted, and summer is underway.  So here's a selection of livestock around the valley.

I particularly notice the cattle out on their pasture again, after a long time in the barn over the winter.  They stay in the barn longer than you'd think, mainly to protect the pasture itself until the grass gets well grown.  Grazing too early sets the grass back for the entire summer.  This one noticed me,

 but all the others just kept eating!

We've also got a new herd of Alpacas just around the corner, though a long distance away for pictures.

I was amused by this active herd, all almost running across the large pasture to the farthest corner.  Then I looked more closely, and....

realized that it was actually a mixed herd of sheep and goats.

The horses at Hope Haven were out in their paddocks.

This one a Norwegian Fjord horse, known for being gentle with riders, ideal for a therapeutic riding centre.

The few other horses I saw were just grazing in the distance.

And just for good measure, a Turkey Vulture passing over, not livestock, but part of our fauna every day.

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16 comments:

  1. Such a lovely landscape. Greetings!

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  2. Love any and all animal posts. This is a great one.

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  3. Lovely photos . I do like the Fjord breed ever so gentle as is the Haflinger breed as my family has had both back on our farm days as well as cattle , sheep and so on . I do love this time of year . I haven't been on the computer much as I have been busy in my gardens and yard so catching up here lol . Thanks for sharing , Have a goof weekend !

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  4. I am sure they are all so enjoying the green grass and fresh air, and stretching their legs. Super blue skies, we are starting to get some deeper colours in the sunsets now.

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  5. Such wonderful country scenes. Just lovely.

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  6. That first cow has a pretty bow on her forehead. Nice pictures! :-)

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    1. Yes, that does look like a bow. : )

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  7. Those horses are quite beautiful!

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  8. Wonderful pictures. Liked them all!!!

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  9. Another beautiful short road trip with you.

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  10. How lovely your vicinity is! When in New Zealand i want to do some close shots like those, but a tourist is normally always inside a bus, so i was deprived of that opportunity, though i see them in the distance. The herds of sheep in well manicured pastures look like some little white catterpillars because i was far.

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  11. Hello, pretty captures of all the farm animals. I love the cattle, horses, alpacas and the sheep. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  12. Horses and cows, sheep and goats - all lovely to see!

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  13. Driving by cows always makes me want to shout "moo!" :)

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  14. Lovely photos of all the critters in the pastures.

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