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Hoy
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Although some of my neighbours have cattle (the Scottish Highland type  or kyloe) grazing outside all winter I am fortunate not to have them in my garden. Selective or not . . .The slugs I do have are always selectively choosing the dearest plants I have!

Although the weather is rather mild - the mean temperature is about 8C warmer than last November and 3C warmer than the November mean - it is not many of the "old" plants that still flower. However, some have started their spring growth as these Hellebores show.

 

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Anonymous
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Hoy,  Although I would also not graze cattle in my garden, here is a site discussing the importance of grazing for some cherished European species.

http://www.whitecliffscountryside.org.uk/index.php?id_sec=79&id_sub=3

James

Hoy
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James wrote:

Hoy,  Although I would also not graze cattle in my garden, here is a site discussing the importance of grazing for some cherished European species.

http://www.whitecliffscountryside.org.uk/index.php?id_sec=79&id_sub=3

James

Thanks, James. However I am aware of the benefits of grazing and also of the importance of maintenance of cultural landscapes. Here's an example, all summer cattle graze to keep the grass and shrubs down. It is not a farm any more but a protected area.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Anonymous
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Hoy,  In retrospect I now understand the teasing.  Also, thanks for demonstrating the idea with an excellent example.

James 

penstemon
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Cattle are far from stationary.

Cattle are stationary. They are not allowed to roam freely, like bison did, anywhere in North America. That's why barbed wire was invented.
The selective grazing you mention is the result of human intervention and not a replication of a natural situation, since cattle, unlike bison, are property. They might be able to replicate the actual act of mowing down grasses, but then, so could a lawn mower.

Bob

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extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

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