This is an important week for donkeys as it starts with Palm Sunday which for many means the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Added to the biblical account is the legend that Jesus made a cross on its back and ever since a cross over a donkeys back is a common marking.
Secondly the 20th March is the Spring equinox when day and night are of equal length. Certainly our donkeys are spending noticeably more time out in the paddock and are playing like spring lambs in the sunshine. Much as the donkeys are enjoying the dryer conditions underfoot the paddocks are still awaiting the spring growth.
It is still chilly and with frost still expected it will keep the soil temperature at the current levels of around seven and a half degrees. This is important as for any significant growth of grass the soil temperature must be over six degrees. With rain promised to come in from the south later in the week we can expect the soil temperature to rise. This should signal the long awaited start to grass growth. We will have the electric fences at the ready to set up in case it becomes necessary to restrict grazing by next weekend.
This is a good time of the year to consider rehoming two donkeys as the weather improves and there is more time in the evenings to fuss over your pets. Follow the links below to read more about rehoming.
We hope that you and your animals have a Happy Easter.