By David Jessup
Our beautiful Big Valley used to suffer from cow pie pileup. Mounds of manure, all deposited in one place. Well, three places really, but concentrated in those spots to such a degree that the beautiful native grass couldn’t survive. I call them kill zones. They blighted six to eight acres in total.
One such bovine bathroom was in a little swale on top of the Big Valley East Ridge. A beautiful spot, rimmed on the north and south with ponderosa-covered sandstone cliffs. The great plains stretch away to the east; the snow-coveredMummyRangelooms to the west. A picnic place, a destination. Except for the cow pies. The manure reached a foot deep in some places. Instead of western wheat grass, blue grama and wildflowers, the place became infested with weeds – ragweed, pigweed, Russian thistle. They grow as high as your armpit.
Why did our cows chose such a place to defecate? Our herd – 60 cows, 2 bulls, 25 steers and 15 replacement heifers, spend October through February in theBigValley. Read more on Cow Pie Pileup – Is it Natural?…