Bees Are Important for the Open Range Too!

Most folks have heard about colony collapse and bees.  I had read about how this was going to impact our crops.   Everything popped into my mind from berries to nuts and everything in between.   Never though did I think about grass, pastures and rangeland needing bees until I took this job.   I have seen hundreds, maybe even a few thousand bee hives out on on the open range.  Bees impact more than I had imagined in agriculture and our lives.

One of the many bee hives out there on the open range.

One of the many bee hives out there on the open range.

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Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures

electric-fenceEvery year we have our neighbors put their horses on our pasture for a little while.   It has been a good set up for us as their horses have preference for cheatgrass, that is encroaching on our property from neighboring property.   With proper grazing I have really managed to minimize the seeding of this nasty grass.

This year, for the first time, one of the horses has taken to eating my young trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs on our property are a precious commodity.   Wind and lack of moisture make our land inhospitable to most things except for bunch grasses, sage and nasty invasive plants from Eurasia.  Browsing is not an option.

In all my years with this arrangement the horses have been good visitors.  They have not cause any problems.  Darn “Two Socks” a new addition has proven to be a pill this spring.   Drastic times call for drastic measures.   We have put up a string ribbon  electric fence above the top wire on the fence.   It is perfect height to get a nose zap.   No more leaning across the fence to have at my precious trees and shrubs.

I am thrilled to report that “Two Socks” is unhappy.   He clearly understands the meaning of the white ribbon.  The other three will come up and say “Hi” to visits, but “Two Socks” has now decided that humans are the root of all evil, and stands away and watches, when Mr. Ranger Sir goes out and talks with them.