I am still in awe and wonder at some of the things that the Salatins do here at Polyface. One of those things is how long our cows stay on pasture. It wasn’t till two weeks ago that we started feeding our big herd, around 500 head, hay. Up until then they had still been eating stock piled forage. This is quite a contrast when most every farmer around here started feeding hay back in October! The other mind boggling thing is that we will only feed hay for 30-40 days! Because of how we care for our pastures and rotate the cows, our grass starts growing sooner then other farms”. The way we feed hay is a little different as well. When we feed hay in pastures we still set up electric fencing and give them certain size paddocks and move them everyday, so that the manure is spread out and they don’t make a mud hole in the pastures.
Well, feeding hay ranks way up at the top of my list of favorite things to do. It is right up there with making hay. So, here are some pictures from a day last week that we fed hay. Enjoy!
I don’t have any pictures of us actually feeding because I was too busy. But basically, we hook the trailer up to the tractor and drive back and forth across their paddock while 2 people break open bales and toss the hay off. Sounds simple enough, but you have to be quick and keep track of a lot of things going on around you.