We try to have the cows on pasture as many months of the year as possible. This is better for their health and cleanliness, spreads their manure on the pasture without any tractors or fuel, and saves us money on bedding and feed. However, sometimes it’s necessary to supplement the pasture with hay, both nutritionally and to extend their time on each pasture.
Particularly this year, since we have had a severe drought for most of the summer and pasture growth has been slow.
Since we buy most of our hay, this is also a way to bring nutrients to the farm and have the cows spread them.