Geoff’s 800 square meter pond is shaped like a soup plate with a perfectly flat 2m deep bottom, ideal for growing out fish of all types.
This particular pond was allowed to mature and develop. Consequently it was overgrown with weeds and grass. To clean out the system, Geoff decided to drain the pond partially so he can use cows to graze right down to the water’s edge. He then moves them off a few days later, when the task is complete. A lot of people have read about soil compaction caused by over-grazing by cattle and sheep, turning the soft soil into a hard concrete pan and resulting in soil erosion and land degradation. People balk at using animals near a water system these days. But here, Geoff uses the cows and horses to quickly blitz the water’s edge before moving them away.