Where do the cows go?
November 21, 2011 5:58 PM Subscribe
Can you pasture animals in a field that's lying fallow for crop rotation?
posted by titus n. owl to home & garden (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in the worldbuilding stage for a fictional project, and I'm interested in even the little things that will probably never come up. The civilization is in a roughly northwestern-European/northeastern-United States setting, with kind of a Bronze Age or early medieval technology level, but it's not the real world so I'm playing loose with things like farming tech. They have three-field crop rotation and keep sheep, cattle, and pigs. I figure the sheep have their own land, the pigs get set loose to look after themselves in the woods, and the cattle need pasturage. So, yeah: could the cattle be pastured in the field that's currently laying fallow (so their manure would fall all over and be fertilizer), or would there need to be a fourth field just for the cows? My research indicates that medieval peasants kept a separate pasture, but I'm not sure if that's for practical purposes or just because that's The Done Thing, and I don't know enough about farming to be sure.