The cows are still out in pastures but soon ranchers in the area will be bringing them home before the winter hits. Calves will be weaned. Corn silage and hay will be fed. Last week on our road trip as my friend Val and I drove by thousands of acres of corn and straight through Nebraska where I said my cattleman Grandpa Sonny would say it smelled like “money” as we passed by large cattle ranches and livestock yards.
Val laughed at my statement and said “If cows didn’t love corn, we wouldn’t need fences.” Indeed, cows love corn. They go running to it and will jump fences if possible to get to it. Corn silage along with nutrient dense hay keeps cows happy, healthy and fed in the winter.
But corn silage in the fall is purely kid entertainment where prairie princesses play.
If you are interested in learning more about grass fed versus corn fed beef, I have a few favorite blogs I enjoy where I read about ranching lifestyles plus I learn a lot from them. My California rancher friend Jeff Fowle has a blog post Grain Fed vs Grass Fed that I really liked last winter.
Feedyard Foodie is written by Anne. She is a former city girl, an Ivy League graduate and today is a mom of three, wife and feedyard operator in rural Nebraska.
My friend Crystal is a fantastic beef resource on Crystal Cattle. Plus she has all things I love on her blog like Turquoise Thursdays.
Crystal and I got together a few weeks ago in Kansas City. We have read each other’s blogs for years and it felt like meeting an old friend instead of a random person. Meeting friends with similar interests online and then actually becoming “real” friends offline is one of the most rewarding things about blogging for me.