It is a very cold morning, it was -12 degrees when I looked at 6:00 a.m.. Good thing the animals have a nice thick coat of fur! I finally broke down and let the hubby talk me into feeding round bales to the horses. I peel off the outer round and give it to the steers. I feed the rest to the horses and ponies. I leave it in the barn so the bales are out of the weather, and just peel it off as I need it and fork it out to the horses at feeding time. Works great, sometimes I think it is better than the square bales. We stored the round bales in the barn this year to hopefully avoid any spoilage and it worked really well.
Hard to believe that the steers will be a year old in just a few months. They seem to be growing a lot slower. It is because they are more of a beef steer than a dairy animal. We have found that if you feed and bring them up a certain way, that no matter the breed, they usually yield pretty much the same. We have found so far, that we have liked all our beef if we do the same routine no matter what breed we raise for beef.
Hope everyone is braving the winter well. Have a wonderful day.