Larry Hash, Alleghany County
Written by: Amy Ager
They told me this is one of the coldest areas of the state nestled in those high mountains at 2700 feet and has seen temperatures as low as -24. Almost everyone remembers that day, how hard it was to start the tractor and feed and how that UPS drivers shoes stuck right to the bottom of his metal truck. Farming in this pocket requires a different level of skill with a shorter growing season and cooler temperatures but this is exactly where we want HNG cattle to be in the summer months. The cooler mountain pastures minimize stress from heat and the grass grows at a steady pace. Stockpiling fescue is a methodology that is used by many of the HNG farmers in the mountains. For those unfamiliar with it, this is an annual strategy used by graziers to accumulate pasture without cutting it for hay to be grazed directly by the cattle in winter months.