Putting weight on thins

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Putting weight on thins

Post by DCA farm » Thu May 02, 2019 7:13 am

Local sale posted some young thin cows(4-5) they are selling today I’d like to assume they are thin from
The lack of hay we had in the area this winter and people not having a good rotational plan so their entire place is scarce of grass still I’ve got the grass may try and pick them up. Would y’all recommend putting them on feed along with pasture or just worming and turning out on green and forgetting about them. For awhile



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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu May 02, 2019 7:21 am

Are you looking to fatten them up to sell or are you hoping to keep them as breeding stock?
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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by DCA farm » Thu May 02, 2019 2:22 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
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Are you looking to fatten them up to sell or are you hoping to keep them as breeding stock?
I would have kept them but I went and looked at them today they were not what I would want acted like fence jumpers and lighter than the pictures made them
Look so I didn’t even throw out a bid.

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu May 02, 2019 3:34 pm

DCA farm wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 2:22 pm
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 7:21 am
Are you looking to fatten them up to sell or are you hoping to keep them as breeding stock?
I would have kept them but I went and looked at them today they were not what I would want acted like fence jumpers and lighter than the pictures made them
Look so I didn’t even throw out a bid.
You probably saved yourself a headache.
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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by DCA farm » Thu May 02, 2019 4:15 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 3:34 pm
DCA farm wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 2:22 pm
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 7:21 am
Are you looking to fatten them up to sell or are you hoping to keep them as breeding stock?
I would have kept them but I went and looked at them today they were not what I would want acted like fence jumpers and lighter than the pictures made them
Look so I didn’t even throw out a bid.
You probably saved yourself a headache.
I don’t normally buy thin cows but I figured these would go cheap and I was correct none went over $300 but I wouldn’t have gave $200. There was a couple black cows 3-5 year olds 1-3 months bred also they all went under $600 but they were acting fools so I didn’t bid on the either. Just wasn’t in the buying mood today will see if I pick any up Monday at a different place

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu May 02, 2019 4:34 pm

DCA farm wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 4:15 pm
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 3:34 pm
DCA farm wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 2:22 pm


I would have kept them but I went and looked at them today they were not what I would want acted like fence jumpers and lighter than the pictures made them
Look so I didn’t even throw out a bid.
You probably saved yourself a headache.
I don’t normally buy thin cows but I figured these would go cheap and I was correct none went over $300 but I wouldn’t have gave $200. There was a couple black cows 3-5 year olds 1-3 months bred also they all went under $600 but they were acting fools so I didn’t bid on the either. Just wasn’t in the buying mood today will see if I pick any up Monday at a different place
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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by Allenw » Thu May 02, 2019 7:10 pm

Doesn't take much, just feed and water to put weight on healthy thin cows.

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu May 02, 2019 7:36 pm

Allenw wrote:
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Doesn't take much, just feed and water to put weight on healthy thin cows.
No long term damage to the reproductive system?
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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by kenny thomas » Thu May 02, 2019 8:09 pm

I usually buy the thin calves and cows that nobody wants. Everyone looks at me and laughs when they come through the ring. I laugh all the way to the bank when i sell them a few months later.
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu May 02, 2019 8:11 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
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I usually buy the thin calves and cows that nobody wants. Everyone looks at me and laughs when they come through the ring. I laugh all the way to the bank when i sell them a few months later.
So I’ll ask you then, ever have fertility issues with starved out cows?
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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by kenny thomas » Thu May 02, 2019 8:16 pm

I buy them bred usually but rarely figure on keeping them through the next winter.
But normally if they are not bred and start gaining weight they will cycle. Something about the weight gain seems to trigger it.
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu May 02, 2019 8:20 pm

Thank you.
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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by kenny thomas » Thu May 02, 2019 8:29 pm

Not for everyone or anyone that wants their neighbors to think they have the best front pasture cows. I'm in it only for the money.
I buy 100% what most people would consider thin #3 calves. Sell 80% #1, a few #2, and 1 or 2 don't change except to gain lots of weight. Still make money.
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by DCA farm » Thu May 02, 2019 9:52 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 8:09 pm
I usually buy the thin calves and cows that nobody wants. Everyone looks at me and laughs when they come through the ring. I laugh all the way to the bank when i sell them a few months later.
I’ve got plenty of grass coming in and not enough cows to eat it. Main reason I’m
Thinking about buying thin cows to run on it but I may just keep buying the big fat girls I ain’t had any issues with them yet. I figure I may have a little more trouble out of thins

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Re: Putting weight on thins

Post by Allenw » Thu May 02, 2019 10:23 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 7:36 pm
Allenw wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 7:10 pm
Doesn't take much, just feed and water to put weight on healthy thin cows.
No long term damage to the reproductive system?
I never kept any long enough to worry about it, I don't know what long term effect would be, I would be less concerned about a thin cow that's gaining weight breeding then an over conditioned cow breeding.

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