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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas.
Winter Feeding
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By Katie Stockstill Sawyer
My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and ...
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and the rural lifestyle. I work in town as the marketing and communications manager for a commercial construction company, mobile occupational services company and safety consulting and training firm. In the hours outside the office, I help on the farm in any way I can – and sometimes that means just staying out of the way. This blog tracks my experiences as I learn what a life on the farm really means. I wouldn’t change this lifestyle for the world. Farmers and ranchers are some of the hardest working individuals in the world and they do what they do 365 days a year to ensure everyone has access to a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. If you want to learn more about agriculture or our operation, please don’t hesitate to contact me on this blog or at katie.sawyer@sawyerlandandcattle.com. I would love to show you around.
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By Katie Stockstill-Sawyer
Dec. 27, 2012 12:01 a.m.



I took a break from the office today to accompany my husband on his daily winter feeding routine. Because grass is really non-existent this time of year, we have to find other feed staples for our cattle. Many of our mother cows are grazing on corn fields – enjoying the stalks and un-picked corn still in the field. To ensure they get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need, we supplement their diets with protein cubes, and, in some cases, hay. Feeding is a full-day routine, but we make a lot of friends along the way.

A group of Hereford cows wait patiently as Derek breaks the ice that formed on the top of the water tank overnight. We have single-digit temperatures last night and that meant frozen water tanks on many of our pastures.

A group of Hereford cows wait patiently as Derek breaks the ice that formed on the top of the water tank overnight. We have single-digit temperatures last night and that meant frozen water tanks on many of our pastures.



Because grass is at a minimum this time of year, we supplement our cattle's diet with a variety of products from our pastures. This is a bale of corn stalks and unpicked corn. We roll out the bale to make it easier for the cattle to eat.

Because grass is at a minimum this time of year, we supplement our cattle’s diet with a variety of products from our pastures. This is a bale of corn stalks and unpicked corn. We roll out the bale to make it easier for the cattle to eat.



This lady wanted to thank us for breakfast. She got her point across!

This lady wanted to thank us for breakfast. She got her point across!



Derek and his father work together to load cubes into our cube feeder. These cubes provide essential protein and nutrients for our pregnant mother cows.

Derek and his father work together to load cubes into our cube feeder. These cubes provide essential protein and nutrients for our pregnant mother cows.



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It was still a little chilly this morning as our steers enjoy breakfast of silage, dry distillers and hay. Yum!

It was still a little chilly this morning as our steers enjoy breakfast of silage, dry distillers and hay. Yum!



A cube feeder mounted to his pick up makes feeding cubes to the cattle more efficient. At the site of the pick up pulling into the pasture gets the cattle running our way.

A cube feeder mounted to his pick up makes feeding cubes to the cattle more efficient. At the site of the pick up pulling into the pasture gets the cattle running our way.



A few bulls and mother cows enjoy a morning snack of cubes. They enjoy their mid-morning feed supplements.

A few bulls and mother cows enjoy a morning snack of cubes. They enjoy their mid-morning feed supplements.



This mother cow wanted to know where her snack was, I had to explain I was just the camera woman, Derek was the man with the cubes.

This mother cow wanted to know where her snack was, I had to explain I was just the camera woman, Derek was the man with the cubes.



We distributed cubes to cows in several pastures. Cubes are a big hit wherever we go! It's nice to be appreciated.

We distributed cubes to cows in several pastures. Cubes are a big hit wherever we go! It’s nice to be appreciated.



This mother cows heard Derek's truck and came running! Like expectant mothers, these pregnant cows need a diet rich in protein and nutrients. We aim to supply that for them every day.

This mother cows heard Derek’s truck and came running! Like expectant mothers, these pregnant cows need a diet rich in protein and nutrients. We aim to supply that for them every day.



And they just keep coming! It's standing room only for cube feeding. Some may have to wait, but everyone gets their fair share.

And they just keep coming! It’s standing room only for cube feeding. Some may have to wait, but everyone gets their fair share.



And yet more hungry mothers! This was the last stop on our cube-feeding tour today. Just like the rest, these ladies were happy to see us.

And yet more hungry mothers! This was the last stop on our cube-feeding tour today. Just like the rest, these ladies were happy to see us.



The cube feeder deposits the cubs in a nice line - the cattle have figured out that if they follow the pick up, they'll find the treats they are looking for.

The cube feeder deposits the cubs in a nice line – the cattle have figured out that if they follow the pick up, they’ll find the treats they are looking for.



And it's snack time! Yep, there is room for everyone.

And it’s snack time! Yep, there is room for everyone.



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