Loudon cows herd grass was greener in Durham
It is the second year cows from Miles Smith Farm have spent the grazing season in Durham and other farms across the state.
On Sunday, about 17 cattle were trailered and led from a pasture near the historic barn on Emery Farm — the oldest continuously operating farm in the country — to a pasture across the property behind a field of blueberry bushes.
"The faster we can get them in and out of a pasture, the faster the grass grows and then the roots go deeper," Soule said.
Miles Smith Farm has a herd of about 65 beef cows, including Angus crosses and Scottish Highlanders.
Emery Farm was eager to participate.
"I love the concept that we are working with other farms and that's the way it used to be," Soule said.
"You don't need to spend $50,000 an acre, there are a lot of people who want to use their land wisely," she said.
"It is all about bringing animals back into people's lives and reconnecting them with their food sources and what goes into producing food," Karelitz said. "And it's just so much fun."
He said they also do not hay the fields anymore, so having the cows come to graze and fertilize the land is a big help in keeping it viable.
Miles Smith Farm beef is available for sale at their own farm store, at Emery Farm, and at various farmer's markets across the state.
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