Randall Lineback Cattle

Vermont’s first official State Heritage Breed

Pasture season 2011

Well here we are on May 22 and we have just turned the milkers out to pasture. We in the Northeast have been inundated with rain this spring. In fact, Vermont has had a record spring for precipitation. The pastures look great and have made some impovement from years past. As we rotational graze our [...]

PC Dart and winter at the farm

PC  Dart is a dairy program for keeping records of everything to do with the cows. I have a lot to learn still but it has been very helpful keeping things organized. It is mainly used to keep DHI (Dairy Herd Improvement) records and the milk testing records we do every month. It also keeps [...]

Barn up 2010

After a very long and productive summer here at the farm, today was the day we brought all the cattle home to be put in the barn for the winter. We have rented 10 stalls at a farm in St. Johnsbury to board 10 bred heifers for the winter as we dont have room here [...]

Barn up for winter

Here it is November and it’s time to start filling the barn for winter. Many of the dry cows and heifers are still out to pasture and will be till snow flies. The barn is mostly ready and the older unbred heifers are being brought into the barn for breeding. Because of a poor summer [...]

Calving problems: the twisted uterus

Problems can happen during calvings. Sometimes quick attention is necessary, and with others you can wait and see what happens. Breed matters too; based on my experience, for example, because Holsteins are bred for size, they can more often have problems calving. This can be avoided by choosing a calving-ease bull to get a smaller [...]

About

Randall Linebacks are a rare breed of cattle which originated in Vermont and are steadily gaining popularity. Here you will find photos and stories about my own Randall Linebacks, as well as my experiences on New England dairy farms.

My childhood home, Randall Farms of Mt. Sinai, NY is also a subject near and dear to me. I have been collecting photos and memories and will share some of them here.

(The name is a coincidence; historic Randall Farms and the Randall Lineback breed bear no known connection.)

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