The Lucerne Reserve is an area encompassing about 50 acres of monoculture lucerne, with grass and weeds, and an upper area of predominantly native pasture. Most of the fences shown on the map are no longer there-I took them down last year to allow free access from the sheltered hill area (native) to the lush feed of the lucerne flat. My plan is to give the flock the morning in the lucerne, then head up the hill into the native pasture for the afternoon. I'm planning mid-day rest at the top of the hilly bit, where there is a water point, and an area they like to use for rest and rumination. Then down into the lucerne in the afternoon, to head back to the Racecourse Grazing Area.
END OF DAY NOTES: Circuit didn't go to the letter of the plan, but certainly did to the spirit of it. An hour or so in the lucerne for morning tea, lunch on the native pasture up the hill, afternoon tea back on the lucerne. The alpine French shepherds work hard to ensure their flocks get appetising meals in the "right" order--that is, to maximise the total intake of forage--sweet and fine as well as older and coarser. After a meal of lucerne, for instance, which is a bit like steak, the lighter but more interesting native pasture seems to be just what the waiter ordered. After mid-day rest and a few more bites of natives, they were ready for some more lucerne. The other thing I saw today clearly for the first time was Horatio's determination to lead--independent of me. At what I thought was mid-day rest, he did not, and led the flock all the way to the southern, uphill boundary of the area, before finally being persuaded that I was not going to open a gate for him. So, it's watch this space. The flock is definitely missing the guidance of Old Leader.