Monday, January 28, 2013
Kansas Drought - Part 4
This year, there is no leftover crop in the field. The brome grass was gone long ago and we have very little hay to feed them. Luckily, the corn and milo that didn't produce grain, was chopped and stored for winter feed. Our cows don't usually get to taste this delicacy...for a delicacy, it is. They love the fermented chopped stalks and it provides more than adequate nutrition in the winter.
But, since we don't usually feed the cows this stuff, we didn't have bunks to put it in! So the boys were busy last fall building bunks for 350+ cows to eat out of.
At right, my son Trent is busy attaching the boards to the sides of the bunks that he welded together from scrap metal and purchased pipe. Every ranch has a pile or stack of metal saved for just this kind of project!
Do you remember what silage is? I blogged a 3-part series about the drought late last year, and Part 2 talks about making silage. Check it out!
Kansas Drought Part 1: Dry Grass & Dry Ponds
Kansas Drought Part 2: Making Silage out of dead crops
Kansas Drought Part 3: Fire is a real threat to dry grass & barns!