Old Farmer Tip #3:Bedding Cattle

I don’t have a good photo of bedding cattle, so I just threw this one in here of a nice heifer calf from this fall.

Bedding cattle, for those of you who don’t know, is the practice of laying down forage, usually straw, to give the cattle more comfort in winter or in muddy conditions.

For those of you who bed cattle on a hillside, here’s something to try. The natural inclination, for me at least, is to bed around the contour of the hill, which works fine.

But one day I decided to bed up and down the hill, and I saw right away that the cattle prefer and utilize the bedding better when it’s bedded up and down the hill.

Strange but true, at least for my herd. Give it a try, and let me know if it works for your herd.

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