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Corn and calves...
by TexasBred (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:55:56 GMT+5)
kenny thomas wrote:Lucky_P wrote:Same bulls as in previous years? If not, BWs on the new sires may be part of the equation.

Increased dietary protein to dams during the last trimester can translate into somewhat higher BWs - typically without increased incidence of dystocia.
Colder temps during the last 1-3 months also results in higher BW... cold temps outside make peripheral blood vessels in skin/extremities constrict to conserve heat... more blood going to internal organs-including the uterus... so increased fetal nutritional state.
Thats the first time i have ever had it explained that I understood it.
Why I asked the question about the weather. Corn should not be a source of excess protein unless they were eating a huge amount of it.



Simsolution heifer to pick on. Caution she has chrome !
by Muddy (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:55:50 GMT+5)
So it's a percentage Simmental with different breed other than Angus?



Making Haylage
by chevytaHOE5674 (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:54:30 GMT+5)
I've baled the windrows directly from behind the mower and never had any issues with haylage quality. Heck late in the season when the grass is dying off I've had the wife mowing and me following directly behind baling.

Haylage or dry hay a rake costs a whole lot less than a baler so I would rather spend more time raking and less time baling. I can buy a few new rakes if they wear out for the price of one baler.



Oilfield?
by Brute 23 (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:53:04 GMT+5)
Very sad. There are a lot of people who risk their life every day for us to have the amenities we all enjoy.



deer feeders
by BRYANT (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:51:18 GMT+5)
we are going to do things a little different next year, and one of the things is to not visit our feed sites as often as this year and move feeders where they have some cover. this is a new feeder I just built, let me know the likes and dislikes or improvements I could do to it.




Cost
by talltimber (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:48:21 GMT+5)
When you all are calculating your cow cost per year, are you prorating your cattle that are not there all year? At what point are you including heifers into the mix? For those that background your calves, I assume you calculate that as a separate enterprise and keep track of your costs there separate of the cows?



Good fencing gloves
by kenny thomas (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:41:59 GMT+5)
Deluth Trading Co Kevlar Fencing Gloves. Barb wire won't go through them. Made especially foir barb wire fencing



911 address
by Caustic Burno (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:41:37 GMT+5)
snoopdog wrote:Well , this last week , we finally got a 911 address , I guess we must be among the last on earth . Ive been in several debates with people in the past, when confronted about a crime being committed and their answers were to call 911. They just can't believe that we would actually have to give directions to emergency services ! Now , not that this would have any bearing on criminal intent, but I guess it's a good thing if a person was incapacitated for some reason ,ie stroke etc.

We got 911 address 10 years ago.
You better be well armed cause you still have to give directions and it?s going to be 30 minutes plus.



A "Lady in waiting"
by WinterSpringsFarm (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:39:52 GMT+5)
What's the calf sired by Jeanne?

Ron, I just got a solid black Optimizer calf from a cow with white. Lol. I was hoping for a blaze!



Is this a sign
by cowgirl8 (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:39:49 GMT+5)
farmerjan wrote:Workinonit: when I read that they were called Osage orange I was wondering. I have seen some that were called that. So I googled them and yes, they are what I have seen. A neighbor made a big wreath of them by running a wire through them and hung it on the side of their old log building. I wondered what they were good for. Are they edible? Do they smell like oranges?
Never did see them in Ct or Vt though. Didn't know the wood was so nice. They make a mess in the fall where there are a couple along the road near a farm I test.
No, they do not smell like oranges...Rodents love eating them, my horse loves them. Looks like they are filled with elmers glue and are terribly sticky. Taste, I cant tell you what they taste like, but no one uses them for cooking so i'm guessing they taste bad..



Brute 23
by Brute 23 (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:38:21 GMT+5)
Thanks every one. Celebrated the big 31 by working some pups this morning... then helped my uncle build fence... and rounded it out with a family dinner. Even managed to jam one of my favorite songs a few times with the windows down. Can't ask for much more.





I could use some advice about calves/cattle
by Son of Butch (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:35:11 GMT+5)
CabinetMaker wrote:What questions would you ask about this calf, if you were in my shoes?
Who is their veterinarian?
Have attorney question them and vet separately, how many visits per year, why, what problems, herd protocols?
Was the calf autopsied by the vet?
What were the results?
What % of the many other calves had autopsies by the vet?
results? Never losing one to disease is unheard of in livestock production.

Cannons don't scare off scours, clostridial or respiratory diseases.
Diseases are the number one threat to successful livestock operations.
Go after their health care practices.
What % have they lost to disease?
Were they autopsied?
What vaccines have been given to all of the animals on the farm?
Did they all receive their booster shots?
Which vaccines were given to the mothers to transfer immunity to their calves?
Were they properly administered by a vet or under vet supervision?
Can they document purchases for all the vaccines claimed?

Vaccines, medications and health care is a business expense, they can either prove all health care expenses
from tax records or it never happened.
Can an attorney subpoena business tax records... i don't know, but may help establish calf value and scare 'em.
Excess health care expenses can be used to show they have many problems other than coyotes.
Failure to prove health care expenses can be used to show they have a lax attitude regarding herd health.

just my
as to finding a weak spot in their livestock practices.



Steer with penis hanging out
by Ebenezer (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:33:37 GMT+5)
Workinonit Farm wrote:dun wrote:TCRanch wrote:Is age a factor? I have an "unusual" 2.5 year old bull, seems like he never holsters his gun. Purebred Angus, not polled, no warts (yes, I looked closely, had that a long time ago with another bull). But he also bellows all the time for no apparent reason so I figured he was just showing off, even though all the girls are bred, or this is his way of challenging the other bulls because he's definitely the most docile of all the bulls.
A not polled purebred angus is not possible.

Thought the same thing. A "purebred" Angus, is polled.
Supposed to be. There are some Angus that have scurs.



Ram Harvest Editon
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:32:03 GMT+5)
melking wrote:TennesseeTuxedo wrote:melking wrote:My 2002 Ram 1500 4x4 is just fine for me. It only has 225K miles on it.

What color?

Black, or it was, now it is a mixture of faded grey, black etc. When the cows lick it, it looks shiny.

We have what used to be a purple 1998 2500 Dodge truck that has seen its better days.



converting to a beef finishing farm??
by jerry27150 (Posted Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:24:26 GMT+5)
don't think he was asking about freezer beef, I used to finish all my calves to 11 to 12 hundred & sell at sale barn. always made out fine in pa. I had my own cow herd, but if you can buy calves reasonably & get corn cheap too you should do fine. lots of corn grown in ny. I would buy it by truckload if you have a place to store



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