Ag Elsewhere: Montana

Photo and description by Jean Stimpson 

Here, the Stimpson family was feeding cows in the pasture across the highway from their home. “The winter this picture was taken was about six or seven years ago and the snow wasn’t really deep, but it was cold. We had to stop feeding with the team that winter because it got too slick out. Here they were pulling a wagon with just one 1,400-pound bale on it, but with it being so slick it was just too hard on them.”

Feeding this way, Stimpson shared, is really a time-honored tradition not many still do. “Back when our grandparents fed like this. They didn’t have round bales; it was loose hay— pitch it on and pitch it off. We respect and admire the way they did it back then and my husband [Byron] really wanted to do it that way again,” Stimpson said.

Stimpson’s daughter bought the team, Dolly and Dixie. Efficiency wise, Stimpson debated, there is not a lot of difference, “Tractors take fuel, oil, tires. The team takes hay, oats and pasture. The tractor needs to be plugged in so it will start in the morning, but the horses never fail to start when it’s 30 below and the cows need to be fed!”

To read more pick up a copy of the December 2017 NTFR issue.