In winter, the cows spend a good majority of their day in this small barn.
On fair weather days, the cows enjoy sunshine and fresh air outside in a exercise paddock:
In Summer, when the cows live in the pasture fields, we turn their winter paddock into a cover crop that provides lush late-season grazing. It’s not a large area, but the cows appreciate the feed – usually a combination of legumes (crimson clover & peas) and grain grass (barley & oat).
Side Profile of barn area
Our outdoor hay feeder – the cows prefer eating outside on every good day possible!
Our shop/garage has a concrete floor, making round bales a good choice for hay (readily available in our area and easy on the back). We also store straw (to the left of the hay), bulk totes of grain (to the right and in front of the hay), and our farm tools.