Inheriting a farm that has been in the family for several generations is an exciting event in anyone's life. In many cases, however, these farms have become very run down or even worse, a depository for generations of rusty farm equipment, derelict vehicles, non-working appliances and other assorted junk. If you have just had the good fortune to become the next owner of a family farm and are wondering how you will get it whipped back into shape for active farming, the following tips will help you get your pastures cleaned, planted, and ready for cattle. 

Deal with the large items first to free up space and make it easier to work

The first step in getting junk-filled, overgrown pastures back into shape is to take walk a through them to assess the scope of cleanup that will be needed. Big items, such as junk cars, old appliances, and farm machinery will need to be removed first. A junk hauling service is an excellent option for removing these items, as well as any smaller metal items suitable for recycling. Some junk hauling services will also haul away glass, plastic, wood, and other materials that can either be recycled, sold, or used for other purposes. These services may also remove trash and other unwanted items from the pastures, barns, and other areas and properly dispose of them in a landfill for a reasonable fee. To find out more about what items can be hauled away, how the process works, and the expected cost, consider having a reputable junk hauling service meet you at your farm and provide you with an estimate. Places like Rid Right LLC can help you with this.

Remember the needs of your future cattle as you prepare the pastures

Old lumber scraps, tree branches, and some other types of debris may be able to be placed into piles and burnt on the property. Remember, however, never to burn lumber or other materials that have nails or screws in them because of the risk of cattle swallowing these sharp metal objects when grazing and contracting hardware disease, which is rarely treatable and usually fatal. 

Once all the visible junk and trash has been removed, the land is ready to be cleared of saplings, brush, and bushes to get it ready to plant. Planting forage seeds such as clover, fescue, and timothy can be done by hand broadcasting for small pastures or seeded using a no-till drill for larger areas. Remember to let the pasture forage plants get several inches in height before putting cattle in the field, in order to help the pasture plants survive and regrow the next year.