The winter is long and cold in West Virginia. This year we had multiple days below 0 degrees F. I underestimated how many round bales I would need. I had to get a trailer, as I did not have one that would carry more than 2 round bales of hay at a time. I spent February and March hauling in enough round bales to get through the rest of the winter. I underestimated because I was thinking cows eat only a little more than goats. Cows eat a lot more than goats.
I started with round bales of hay but now I am using haylige. Haylige is less dried out then hay when it is baled and it is immediately wrapped in plastic so no oxygen gets to it. Haylige is fermented grass. It smells like a Clemson South Carolina bar on a Sunday morning. When you feed haylige to the Longhorns you do not have to feed grain, or at least you can feed a lot less grain.
I purchased my first bull and also 2 more heifers.
Andrew Stickler & Mitchell C. Stickler: the goal of this website is to assist those who are considering raising livestock for the first time.