You're probably wondering what golf has to do with cows. Keep reading.
We've recently had the autumnal equinox here in Georgia, and it’s now officially autumn.
The change of season means we are typically transitioning from our summer grasses into the “cool season” grasses that will feed our cows for the coming winter, and through next spring.
We are fortunate to have a climate that allows 365 days of grass growth, but it should be noted that in order to achieve this, we must use a combination of different grass types, each adapted for different times of the year, and different climatic conditions.
We spent more than a decade developing our unique cow herd, and in much the same way, we have also spent a lot of time and effort perfecting these grass combinations, including what to plant, when to plant, how to graze, and what supplementary feeding may be required to meet the cows’ ever-changing nutritional requirements.
Without this knowledge, our 365-day grass-fed system would fail regardless of the significant climatic advantages we hold, and we would not have the highest quality milk only possible through feeding cows quality grass.
This autumn will also be a little different from others in the Augusta area, with the Master's Golf Tournament being held in November instead of its usual April. What does this have to do with cows you may ask?
Well, like Hart’s cows, the legendary course also relies on grass, and the golf course greenskeepers also have to select appropriate grass types that are adapted for their intended use (fairway vs green), and the season. Like the farms, Augusta National Golf Club uses a combination of “cool season” grasses in the autumn, winter and spring, and, like us, they have been busy planting to ensure green fairways are there this November.
It’s appropriate that this region is known for its world-class golf tournament, world-class grass-fed milk, and that they both rely on the ability to grow the best grass in the world!