Filed under: Farm | Tags: Barn, Consider Bardwell Farm, Feeder, Feeding, Goats, Hay, Oberhasli, Pasture, Vermont, West Pawlet
At the end of the day, after evening milking is finished and everything is cleaned up, we feed the milking herd their supper. In the summertime, this means walking them through the barnyard, over the bridge and into a new paddock of pasture. When the growing season has ended, the milkers stay in the barn and eat the hay that we spend all summer harvesting. Whether walking to pasture or breaking open leafy, sweet-smelling bales of second cutting, this is one of the most satisfying parts of my day.
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Cold, Consider Bardwell Farm, Feeder, Goats, Hay, Oberhasli
These photos were taken a couple of mornings ago when it was -25 degrees! The goats are quite enjoying the hay on the menu this winter. A nice, green first cutting full of timothy and orchard grass, accompanied by a dry second cutting of alfalfa that was rained on but still smells sweet. All of our hay is harvested from our own fields (which are in their second year of transitioning to certified organic). The goats with their dainty little mouths can pick through the hay for the tastiest morsels, leaving behind the stalky bits. The leftovers are raked up and thrown into the pen for bedding. The does are all dry now, relaxing and putting on a little fat before they all give birth in a month and begin their 2011 lactation cycles. Kids will be here soon!