Hay season is finally here after a rainy start. We had our first cutting of orchard grass wrapped for haylage due to so much rain. The cows don't mind, they love this stuff!
The rain was really good for our newly planted field, and we are finally getting some dry hay cut and in the barn. We should have enough to feed all of our critters soon, and some very nice orchard grass available for sale.
On Christmas day, we welcomed a new calf to our farm. The timing was not lost on us as we spent the evening in the barn creating a cozy manger for them since the thermometer was dropping.
Both are doing well and Holly, the new heifer, is doing well.
Our cows are grass fed, but they do get occasional clover screening pellets as a feed supplement in the winter and as treats. It really helps when you need to load them in a trailer, a little bribery goes a long way!
Harriet, born late March 2019 has such a sweet personality. Here she is sharing her clover pellets with Holly, who at a month old is nibbling at them.
We have added a great addition to our farm, a livestock scale. We can now get an accurate weight on our animals instead of relying on a weight tape for weaning, vaccinations, or in the case of the newborn calves (and goats of all ages)... holding them while standing on the bathroom scale!
RAM Tiffi 1,100#
RAM Lakisha 1,150#
Harriet 550# at 7 months, 2 weeks post weaning
It was a livestock scale kit that included the necessary parts, and the platform was home built. The trial run was done in the shop to test it out, then moved out to the barn to weigh our bull Henry. It did take some bribery with clover pellets to get them on it. Like everything around the farm, it's a work in progress.
Update: Sorry, these ladies are no longer available. Please contact us if you are interested in heifers Fall 2020.
They are weaned, vaccinated, and ready for a new pasture to call home.
We have two heifers available after weaning this October. Born in April 2019. Purebred, unregistered, curious, and fast growing. Dams are unregistered, sire is registered Fat Cow Henry, #56308. $1,200 each. Please contact us for more information.
Find us on the Northwest Highland Cattle Association website or our Facebook page @AsmanHighlandCattle.