It has been a big week for the mama cows at Fleming Family Beef. Earlier in the week, we were able to complete the assembly of a temporary electric fence around our neighbor’s field of corn residue.
After the corn is picked, our cows benefit from foraging the remaining shucks and leaves of the corn plant. Even though the plant material is now brown, it still has enough nutritional value for a non-nursing cow, especially if they can find a missed ear of corn on the ground once in a while.
In addition, foraging cows in the winter helps to break down crop material, turning it into usable soil nutrients for next year’s crop. So, while those cows are foraging through crop residue, they are actually paying their own way somewhat.