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Livestock gets fed every single day, especially now when there is enough snow on the ground that it doesn't allow for natural grazing. S and I went out to feed together and so I brought along my camera to click a few wintry pictures of our critters. Here you see the bucks (male sheep) getting a little bit of alfalfa cake. Cake is a pressed or compacted feed of grains or in this case, alfalfa, which is high in protein and energy. We feed alfalfa cake to all our livestock -- cows, bulls, sheep, horses. We also feed loose grass hay through the winter months.
Ewe Sheep (females) are coming up to the truck for their share of cake. Some of them are so gentle that they will eat from our hands. A few of these girls are a bit "wool blind." That means that the wool has grown over their eyes and makes it difficult for them to see. Lucky for them, sheep are herd animals and they graze and live in a herd at all times. They rarely venture off on their own unless they are lambing (having their baby lambs). The wool blind sheep rely on the voice of their fellow sheep to keep them within the herd. Sometimes we "eye" the sheep. That means we shear the wool from their faces so they can see through the winter months since snow and ice can stick to the wool and make it even more difficult for them to see.
I wanted this picture to be from afar to reveal the wide-openness of our prairie. Here the mature cows are being fed their daily hay by tractor. We went down to feed them cake too. I love being a rancher's wife. Did you know Justice Sandra Day O'Connor lived on a cattle ranch in Arizona when she was a girl? Here's a little biography on SDO.
I wanted to be a cattle rancher when I was young, because it was what I knew and I loved it.
~Sandra Day O'Connor