Randall Lineback Cattle

Vermont's first official State Heritage Breed

Home for the winter

Posted on | December 15, 2009 | No Comments

The girls are home for the winter. Daisy is bred and is due sometime in late May. Dolly aborted in October and is short bred to Solo Red. And Daliah is bred to Jules and is due in June. They arrived home on Dec. 1st. This is the latest we have had our dry cows and heifers out to pasture — about a month later than most years. My three Randall Linebacks  are doing well and are very happy just using the woods and three-sided shed for shelter. I am currently feeding some dry square first-cut hay. The 2 cows and one yearling heifer eat about two 40-pound bales a day.

the girls in the woods

Two of the girls at home in the woods

I will start feeding round bale silage shortly, as it hasn’t been cold enough yet to feed it. The silage will mold and heat in short order after removing the wrap if the temperatures are much above freezing. I am looking forward to it, as they require less water when feeding silage as opposed to dry hay. I carry all the water needed twice a day, so any less would be appreciated by me. I hope someday the dairy barn will have enough room to store my “hobby” cows for the winter, but for now this is what must be done. We have had a foot of snow already and the below zero temps are coming soon. But now have their furry coats, on so they will do fine.


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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.)