Shane's been busy constructing something to be used here on our farm. This picture is just a hint....Can you guess what it is going to be and what it is made out of ? When it's complete, I'll put more pictures and details.
This is the first year that we have weaned calves on and plan on keeping for replacements. We have a few steers that will be sold later on when the prices come back up. We had actually planned last year not to winter over any cows...just goes to show you never really know what can happen when you run a farm. Things change and all your plans have to change too.
Shane found a soy hull pellet feed at a local feed store. It had 9% protein and the hay we have is 8% protein. We have experimented with lick blocks, lick tubs, and for now, we are using the feed along with the hay to try to keep them going through this cold weather until the clover comes up. I like it because the calves are starting to come closer to us now. I can see why folks feed their animals. They no longer run from you, they run to you and I like being able to get that close to them without them being scared to death.
We had an old feed trough that was here from when Shane's grandpa ran the farm. We mostly used it for fun around here. We would pull the kids across the pasture behind our Kawasaki mule. It is just not quite big enough to accommodate all of the calves. Shane had some drums around that he cut in half and then tied them together. It is working out really well as a trough.
I was out in the back forty and did notice a little of the clover coming up in patches. I sure hope it comes on. The goats and cows have really put a dent in the hay supply. We had a drought this year, and it is really showing with our winter grasses. Thank goodness we didn't get any snow this year.