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Hauling Hay with the 'Beast'

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.