We were driving through the field when we saw a little white head in the bushes. This is what happens when you wake up a calf from a nap 🙂
Take this little guy that was chilling out under the trees. Isn’t he cute!
That looks cold! Actually, snow serves a as blanket for the cattle. The winter of 2014 has been long and hard. One of the amazing features of cattle is their hair coat. During the winter, their hair grows longer and thicker creating a thick coat of hair. When it snows, the hair catches the snow and forms a cover layer over the cow. This creates an air pocket between the snow and the animals skin which is warmed by the cows natural body temperature of 102 degrees. The roughest condition for pasture cattle is a cold rain followed by freezing temperatures. This is usually when the cattle are brought into the barn to dry off before returning to the pasture. Especially for the new born baby calves.
At Clover Meadows Beef, our cattle’s comfort and protection is our number one concern! Knowing how cattle interact with nature is key to raising the great steaks and hamburger for your family!
Have any questions about raising cattle? Please ask! We are always excited to share about our passion.
What is the big deal about grass and cows? Why do cows eat grass and do they really like grass? The fact is that beef is special among the top meat proteins: beef, pork and chickens. Out of the three, cattle are the only ones that can convert grass into energy. Cattle are ruminants which means they have multiple stomachs. This gastric system turns fiber into energy by fermentation which means breaking down grass (starch) into a form which can be absorbed and used by the cows. If chickens or pigs eat grass, the grass would simply pass through animals without digestion. Therefore, cattle are they only ones that can utilize this rich abundant resource. And that is why cows can turn grass into energy-giving nutrition, because of the miracle of the ruminant.