It’s that time of year again when we begin to haul our cattle to the pasture. This process begins by sorting our cattle, and vaccinating them so that they remain healthy, and putting fly tags in their ears. They’ll be in the pasture for about 5 months. We then begin sorting the pairs of cows and calves, making sure we keep our mommas with their babies. Here’s a pictures of what we use.
After we’ve gotten about 5 pair, we put them on our stock trailer and off we go to the pasture!
Once they are in the pasture, we then check on them periodically to make sure they are all there, and give them mineral, and range cubes. These provide them with the nutrition they need when not being fed silage/hay/ground milo. We take them to the pasture because we don’t have enough hay/silage/milo to feed them all year round, and once it’s warm, the grass growing in our pastures provides them with something to eat. Each pasture also has a pond for them to drink water from. We have about 1,000 acres of pasture we own/rent. This allows us to divide up our 150 cows and calves so that they have plenty of space. It also gives us a break in the spring/summer so that we can devote our time to putting up more hay/alfalfa for them, planting silage, soybeans, milo and harvesting our wheat crop.
They look pretty happy don’t they!!! I think I could handle being a cow too!!! Well, my husband will soon be calling for me to bring the stock trailer so that we can haul more cows/calves to pasture, so until next time, happy trails!