Saturday, March 11, 2017

Horned cattle hay feeder

This is the first winter season that we are using our new hay feeder.  In years past we have hayed the cows on the ground and in old tractor tires, but they always wasted so much of it.  We already had a hay loft in the barn and thought it was finally time to make winter feeding easier and more efficient for us and to hopefully cut down on the amount of hay trompled and wasted.

We covered the back wall of the barn with tin to help protect it and my handy husband built a feeder out of long metal bars that look like rebar.  We cut a hole in the hay loft, and now we can drop a bale of hay right down into the feeder... no more carrying them across the yard!

There is still some waste and we wonder if the bars shouldn't have been slightly closer together​, but it is a vast improvement over ground feeding.  The cows can reach their noses and tongues right through the bars. Cleanup has been easy this winter too with the addition of concrete in the barn area.  

Northwest Highland Cattle Association meeting

The 2017 NWHCA meeting has been scheduled for Saturday​, May 13th in Mollala, Oregon.  The information came out in the last addition of The Fold newsletter, but I haven't seen it on their​ website under the events tab yet, so I just wanted to send out an FYI so you can put it on your calendars.

Since the meeting is close to our farm this year we are planning on attending.  We've never attended in the past and are looking forward to meeting and talking with other highland breeders and enthusiasts.

Cows love their carrot treats!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Winter weather

We've had a cold start to the winter with freezing rain expected later today.  The cows don't seem to mind... because it's the only time they get a little grain!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family... from all of us here at the farm.
Here's to good health, good food, family, and friends.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Beef for sale

We now have 1/2 of a beef available for purchase... sold as either a 1/4 or 1/2. Butcher date has been set.  This steer is 1/4 Angus and 3/4 Highland.

**UPDATE: WE ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT FOR 2016.  If you are interested in beef, please contact us and we can put your name on the list for next Fall.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hay day!

Last week our hay was finally cut after all of the wet weather we had this spring, but once it was down the forecast was starting to look wet again later in the week.  The hay guy raked it a few times and got it baled.  Luckily it stayed nice until it was all in the barn, and the next morning we woke up to rain.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Halter training... day 1

Halter training has started for the oldest heifer born this Spring.  Not sure she liked it much, but her mama and papa are both very calm and like to be scratched so it will just take time.