Thursday, March 9, 2017

Feeding the Yearling Cattle...

This is the newest barn on the place...

we built it in 1989

Yearling Cattle grazing

It has been a wet, wet winter here

in the coastal mountain range of

Western Oregon

We are in the field below our house this morning

feeding the yearling cattle...

These calves were born a year ago...

We have 11 barns on the farm...

we use several of them for winter hay storage.

This round bale feeder keeps the calves from

stomping and wasting the hay...

Just a head up....

this isn't all mud!

This is my heifer, Golden Girl...

She will be bred when she is 2 years.

She will have her first baby when she is 3 years.

I was able to film the big round bales

being fed to the cattle.

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LuAnn Kessi


  1. Brad certainly doesn't have to do any weight lifting for exercise lol Amazing--thanks for your great video hugs, Julierose

  2. 11 barns - I'm amazed. This one is beautiful. BTW - I've had a thing for barns & cows since I was a little girl. Your yearlings look super healthy and happy, even in the rain & snow. They also seem very patient while Brad unloads their food.


  3. Brad does make that look easy. But then he is all muscled up from doing that so long, it is easy for him! (Easier than for the rest of us for sure!)

  4. So cool!! I'm assuming that each of those bales weighs about a long will those two bales last the yearlings? I know my 3 horses can go through a 6-string bale in a month. Golden Girl is certainly a beauty in there with all those darker cattle. I love how easy it is to pick her out! I guess I'll have to wait a few years to see her babies!!

  5. The big round bales weight 1,000 lbs……the yearling cattle eat one every day. We feed 2 bales at a time and feed every other day. We feed nearly 300 tons of hay a year to the mature cows, replacement heifers and yearling cattle. Luckily, we raise the orchard grass hay ourselves and don’t need to buy cow hay.

    Many Thanks for your Comment,

    LuAnn Kessi

  6. I have always wondered what the metal rings were for. I enjoyed seeing the yearlings wait patiently to be fed. I never really realized how much work was involved in having cattle.