While the cows have shown a preference for the grass/alfalfa mix, the pigs have shown a strong preference for the pure alfalfa. So much so that the herd of 80 sows has managed to keep it about 6" tall through the last two months of growth -- and that's good. We don't have weather to hay it yet, so grazing it off is a great use until I get a round baler to bay haylage.
An airedale herding
This dog takes his job seriously. He's positioned himself on the plowed field (nothing planted there yet) and is warning the pigs off the bare dirt.
some clover, alfalfa, grass and cowslip
the pure-alfalfa area is where I planted pure alfalfa, but we've got a little bit of weeds on the edges, particularly towards where we planted pumpkins last year (and had mature weeds). It's still good fodder, and everything eats it, but it'll be hard to eradicate these weeds organically. I think that mowing/haying will help a bit, though. All of the weeds are edible - not much in the way of thistles, which is good.
the Angus bull checking out the pig herd
We've got a weather window coming up that is on the edge of haying weather. I'm watching every day to see if we'll get the right combination of heat and days to make some of the grass into hay.