I know I’m preaching to the choir for my farming friends, but this one’s for anyone who questions how much agriculturists care:
This photo was taken Sunday evening, ~6pm. Matt had put in a full ~12 hour work day at the show barn, and I wrote an article for Progressive Dairyman and worked on organizing our house from our recent move.
When we moved here, the transition was a bit tough for our cows and heifers, as they’re basically pets. The herd dynamic is different than what they were used to (like starting and adjusting to a new year of school - new classmates, maybe a bully or two lol). Some of their new penmates are bossy and Matt and I (okay mostly me😋) have spoiled our girls to the point that they’re basically large puppies.
Fahrenheit (pictured) and our other dry cow here, Vengeance, had an especially hard time, as they are very gentle and their peers are large and many. They were accustomed to being in tie stalls in milking form, and sharing a pen just the two of them as dry cows. Mind you, they have an entire pasture and a bunk with plenty of feed available! But they were too timid to stand their ground when bossier cows pushed them away. And, being like protective parents, it was hard to watch them struggle in their new environment. Matt and I decided we’d feed them both a pellet mix each day ourselves.
Do they NEED this? Probably not, but with it being cold we wanted to take precaution and ensure they have plenty of energy and vigor. We do this after our full however-many-hour work days, even in the dark/snow/rain/ice - and even if they’re standing patiently out in the middle of the pasture, instead of up by the bunk where’d it’d be more convenient😋
They’re finally acclimating, but we’ll continue to do this. Is it practical or timely to individually deliver them supplementary feed this way each day? No. But it’s important to us for them (and the calves developing inside them) to thrive, and we’d go to practically any length to do it. This is just one example of how FARMERS CARE for their animals, products, land, lifestyles, and consumers. #ThankAFarmer. #AskAFarmer.
Trust that #YourFoodComesFromAGoodPlace