Posted on | November 1, 2009 | No Comments
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 for haying, we find ourselves in the same spot most farmers around here are in…. short of feed. To make problems worse, we have cut back on grain feeding in an effort to cut cost due to historic low milk prices. Cutting back on grain causes the cows to eat more forage to replace the dry matter they were taking in through the grains. We have purchased some additional round bales that we hope will get us through to next year’s pasture season.
Cows still out to pasture are eating some fall feed and will be brought in anytime now depending on when the first snows of winter come. Last year, as I recall, it was just a few days before Thanksgiving.