Randall Lineback Cattle

Vermont's first official State Heritage Breed

Barn up for winter

Posted on | November 1, 2009 | No Comments

Daisy and Dolly

Daisy and Dolly

Here it is November and it’s time to start filling the barn for winter. Many of the dry cows and heifers are still out to pasture and will be till snow flies. The barn is mostly ready and the older unbred heifers are being brought into the barn for breeding.

Winter feed

Winter feed (photo by Matt Randall)

Because of a poor summer for haying, we find ourselves in the same spot most farmers around here are in…. short of feed. To make problems worse, we have cut back on grain feeding in an effort to cut cost due to historic low milk prices. Cutting back on grain causes the cows to eat more forage to replace the dry matter they were taking in through the grains. We have purchased some additional round bales that we hope will get us through to next year’s pasture season.

Cows still out to pasture are eating some fall feed and will be brought in anytime now depending on when the first snows of winter come. Last year, as I recall, it was just a few days before Thanksgiving.


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Randall Linebacks are a rare breed of cattle which originated in Vermont and are steadily gaining popularity. Here you will find photos and stories about my own Randall Linebacks, as well as my experiences on New England dairy farms.

My childhood home, Randall Farms of Mt. Sinai, NY is also a subject near and dear to me. I have been collecting photos and memories and will share some of them here.

(The name is a coincidence; historic Randall Farms and the Randall Lineback breed bear no known connection.)