One of the most critical items for a herd is salt. All animals need salt. Rabbits, goats, sheep, horses, moose, deer, elephants, they all need salt.
In the summer I use loose mineral salt and in the winter I use mostly a red salt block and some loose mineral for this herd. A red salt block contains salt and other minerals where as a white block is only regular salt with no other minerals
Winter is too damp here to use loose mineral, so mainly I stock up on salt blocks and use them in my vehicle as ballast to keep me stable on these wild rural roads.
I carried this 50 lb block over the snow piles, dropped it into the salt tub and then waited to see who would be my first customer.
A steer came and put his good hoof forward and took a few licks.
Then his friend came.
They started lick'n and chewing n the new block.
While they were busy I continued to fill up the water tub.
Had a rainbow of colors sipping and slugging. Was surprised to see Panda the black heifer drinking with the big red Alpha cows. I guess she is gaining in status with the herd.
I glanced back at the salt area to see Gwen waiting her turn for a lick.
As I checked fences I again noticed the SAME heifer INSIDE the hay ring.
Ok Folks, you should have the NAME of this mischevious heifer engrained in your brain.
Whats her name ??
GLENNIE, heard my not-so-pleasant voice and got up.
I thought she was going to exit the hay rack on her own, but OH Noooooo, she just went back to chewing.
Shorty, the gentle black steer, on the right, didn't let her bad behavior affect his cud making.
To make it worse, the heifers mom, Gracie, is laying down to the left and seems to endorse these bad table manners.
I may have to re-subscribe to Cow Etiquette magazine....soon.
Here is the question of the week:
What do you do with your bale plastic?
The town just north of us is recycling it now. I am thrilled. The farmer and I are rolling and piling ours near the barn door so it can be loaded on the truck and transported to the recycle center. This really takes a big worry off our shoulders. This bale plastic is made into plastic knives, forks, spoons, solo cups, Frisbees and all kinds of other materials.
There should be an ag plastic recycle center in your state. Greenhouse plastic, row covers, all kinds of plastic (all of it a different grade) is recyclable. Some is clear, white, green or black.
Do not burn it. Do not bury it. Find an appropriate place to bring it.
Got any good uses for bale plastic ?
I may use some for weed control in my garden and some small row covers. I just have to cut it off the bale a little differently so I have long strips of it. If you have a farmer near you who uses plastic and you have a garden...you just might want to approach them for a few big sheets of it. Recycle, Recycle!