I asked Frank if he might rent us one of his little yard tractors with a blade to clean up the old bedding, manure, and sodden wasted hay around our loafing shed. He offered to do it himself with his impeccable, shiny Kubota front end loader. (Truth be told, I think he was itching to have an excuse to use that machine! )
Now the small middle pasture is bare and flat. It's also quite muddy with today's rain, but at least now the ground will have a chance to dry out. This yard ends up being the sacrifice area while the main pastures revive, but I plan to spread a mixture of pasture grass seed on it. Hopefully the grass in the large pastures will be tall enough soon that I can move the cows into them and let the new seed take hold.