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txbikergirl

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Posted - Oct 08 2015 :  5:30:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
is anyone feeding their cows carrots? i am looking for an easy treat in a raw natural form, and looking online there are recommendations for carrots. i just happen to have about 50# of carrots as i bought organic "seconds" from the co-op.

i took two down to sally and she LOVED them. elsa wasn't interested, and i didn't really want to feed that to her yet anyway since her rumen is still growing up.

if you have anything else healthy you use as a treat in its natural form let me know. just something that i can pop in my pocket when going out to see them.

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")

CloversMum

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Posted - Oct 08 2015 :  5:58:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carrots would be a good idea and easy to put in a pocket! I've also done apple slices.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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maryjane

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Posted - Oct 09 2015 :  08:58:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cindy, SalPal loves the little soft, sugary Asian pears I grow. I used to give apples (that are larger) to my cows (my orchard is right next to my milking parlor) but after a whole apple got stuck in Maizy's throat, I cut them or ... eat half of them first. As it turns out Sal will not eat something a human has nibbled on. I kid you not. All my cows devour them but Sal requires either a quartered apple (knife-cut) or her own whole small Asian pear. She loves them but she is the Duchess you know and there is a protocol royalty must follow.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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txbikergirl

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Posted - Feb 07 2016 :  3:39:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
miss mary jane, somehow i missed this post first time around! it made me laugh out loud. i am going to have to test this out with our duchess. i'll see if with our new found love she will share an apple with me or not ;>

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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CloversMum

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Posted - Feb 07 2016 :  7:06:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I always cut my apples at least in half for my goats and cows as I was nervous about them choking. Good to know I wasn't being nervous for no reason!

Let us know if Sally still likes her protocol that she established up at MaryJane's..

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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maryjane

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Posted - Feb 08 2016 :  06:20:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"It's complicated."

I'm anxious to hear what the complicated Sally O'Mally tells us. Truly, this is the stuff that makes it fun and intriguing.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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Sydney2015

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Posted - Feb 08 2016 :  06:22:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We feed our horses apples, but haven't given any to the cows. Ours love corn stalks. When we grow sweet corn and after it is finished it gets shocked. Not literally shocked, put into bundles. We feed those bundles to the cows and horses. Mainly the cows. They also love the husks. Whenever we all get together to make sweet corn(I'll tell you more about this later) after we have peeled the husks off the cows get them. They love the husks.

A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing - Laura Ingalls Wilder

I live on a small farm of seventy acres called Green Forest Farm, with 10 horses, a donkey, 5 beef cows, 2 beef heifers, 3 Hereford heifers, around 60 chickens, 8 dogs, my amazing cow, AppleButter, and her little Jersey calf HoneyButter!
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