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Posted 9/6/2016 10:09am by Rebecca Coulter.

     What does 100% Grassfed mean, and why does it matter?  Grains and corn are often fed to cows and sheep, because it causes them to grow much faster, get fatter, and produce more milk, which is good for the farmer’s bottom line.  It also allows the farmer to feed their animals in the barn or a feedlot, instead of letting them graze and roam in the pastures.  However, since cows and sheep were designed to graze and eat grass, the meat and milk from those animals will not provide the same nutrients.  Studies have shown that 100% Grassfed meats are higher in CLA’s, Omega 3, and vitamins and minerals.  Check out the EatWild website for more information.   We are committed to providing the most healthful food possible, as well as a healthy and natural lifestyle for our animals.

      Because our cows and sheep eat only grass, we need large open pastures for our rotational grazing system.  But what about in the winter when there is no grass?  During the spring and early summer we harvest the extra grass and make huge round hay bales to feed during the summer dry spells, and over the winter.  Of course it all has to get hauled from the far flung fields to the feeders.

    

  After looking at the budget, and the possible options, we settled on an old cabover flatbed truck, big enough to carry some bales and pull a loaded trailer.  At max capacity, the truck, which soon earned the nickname of the BEAST, can haul 27 bales.  The little girls love to ride in it, and our “CEO of Keeping Animals Fed”, nineteen year old Jason, has found it to be one of the most useful tools on the farm.

   

Posted 8/6/2016 10:26am by Rebecca Coulter.

     While we enjoy summer here, the lack of rainfall has turned our pastures into dust, and the grass for the cows into crispy, dried stems.  When the grass isn’t growing, we stop our usual rotational grazing, because the cows will kill what grass remains by over-grazing, and will damage the pastures.  The mama cows and their babies are now confined to a small, shady section of pasture right in front of our house, with a feeder full of hay from our bountiful spring harvest.  However, hay is not as rich in nutrients as the grass, and we want the babies to grow strong and healthy. So Jason, our ‘CEO in charge of all things relating to cows’, has set the electric wire that borders the pasture high enough that the calves can walk under it.  The calves are free to wander all the pastures, selecting what they like best to eat, and returning to their mamas for some milk to wash it down. 

     Unfortunately, they often choose to wander in the driveway, the lawn, and my flower beds.  Three in particular have a destructive bent, and I frequently catch them trampling my petunias.  Five year old Sabrina usually leads the charge of little girls chasing calves back to the pasture.  I suppose I should be grateful that they have not yet discovered the garden.

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