A Little Extra Feed On Christmas?

It was once common practice, or so I’m told, for Upper Midwest ranchers to give their animals a little extra feed on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve day. My ancestors on my North Dakota family ranch were among those who did it.

I’m ambivalent. Yes, it’s a nice sentimental touch, and one that recognizes the importance of livestock to ranchers. But the practice hardly fits into any sort of rational animal husbandry. (As an aside, is that widely used term still acceptable in the 21st century?)

Your thoughts? Is a little extra feed on Christmas a good thing? And is using animal husbandry still OK.