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Postby Rafter S » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:39 pm

greybeard wrote:It all depends..were you wearing prescription sunglasses or fashion sunglasses?


As a matter of fact, I was wearing prescription bifocals. No shades. What's the verdict on those? (I'm afraid I won't like the answer.)
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Postby Caustic Burno » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:43 pm

f1tiger wrote:Now let me see, if the chicken ranch in la grange was a hobby place for all the youngsters in the 60's ( oppps that's me ) and we all gathered in the lobby ........: does that make the chicken ranch the first "hobby lobby", but I thought hobby lobby was closed on Sunday... so was the chicken ranch, durn you Marvin Z. Eye witness news?????? Can still picture all the chartered buses in the parking lot . As Archie Bunker would say "those were the days"


That was 72 or 73 wasn’t it when Z finally shut it down. Best description of a politician ever.
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Re: Well I hope all you other hobby

Postby pdfangus » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:17 am

Cross-7 wrote:I personally don't find the term hobby farmer as degrading. Maybe the farmer part but truth is I do most everything on foot now days and spend my days trying to manage and grow grass so yeah I'm a grass farmer.
I make my living working a job and cattle are a hobby for me, so the term fits.

I think some people like to brag about how big a place they have or how many cows. Some use it as a measuring stick to size you up.
I've known lots of people that were quite wealthy and kept a few cows as a hobby and could afford a big place and lots of cows if they chose.
The size of your place or the number of cows you have doesn't represent your success in life.


Right there with you Cross - 7
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Re: Well I hope all you other hobby

Postby greybeard » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:42 am

Rafter S wrote:
greybeard wrote:It all depends..were you wearing prescription sunglasses or fashion sunglasses?


As a matter of fact, I was wearing prescription bifocals. No shades. What's the verdict on those? (I'm afraid I won't like the answer.)

Clear prescript bifocals? You're good there..we all get old, some of us sooner than others..You know yourself, that the sale barns at Livingston and Navasota are an optometrist's wet dream..if they ain't wearing 'em, they're in their pocket.
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Re: Well I hope all you other hobby

Postby pdfangus » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:54 am

greybeard wrote:
Rafter S wrote:
greybeard wrote:It all depends..were you wearing prescription sunglasses or fashion sunglasses?


As a matter of fact, I was wearing prescription bifocals. No shades. What's the verdict on those? (I'm afraid I won't like the answer.)

Clear prescript bifocals? You're good there..we all get old, some of us sooner than others..You know yourself, that the sale barns at Livingston and Navasota are an optometrist's wet dream..if they ain't wearing 'em, they're in their pocket.


I have a pair of prescription bifocal auto tint glasses....but I have had the same pair for about ten years now...auto tint becasue of the cataracts.

when I got the sugar stabilized , well according to me not the doc, the cataracts sort of stopped progressing...I can see near 20-20 with the glasses.
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Postby greybeard » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:02 am

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Cross-7 wrote:I think some people like to brag about how big a place they have or how many cows. Some use it as a measuring stick to size you up.


Right there with you Cross - 7

Others use it only to size themselves up.
Ain't ya jealous? Don't you wish that you too, could develop that particular personality disorder? Been thinkin about going down to the crossroads tonight at midnight and meeting the red skinned rascal with the bifurcated tail to swap my soul for a big ol ego..heck "I ain't usin it right now anyhow"
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Postby callmefence » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:02 am

Rafter S wrote:So I have a question. I did a little cattle work here at home this afternoon, separating my yearling heifers from the 2-year olds so I can start feeding the yearlings extra. I was wearing jeans and a straw cowboy hat (straw because it was hot), but also Reeboks and a Magellan fishing shirt. I figure the shirt and shoes placed me in the hobby category, but if I'd put spurs on the Redbooks would that have tipped the scales in the other direction?


My straw hat got destroyed. I'll buy a new one next time somebody dies or gets married. Been wearing rubber boots for several days. I'm scared to death I'm gonna turn into a farmer. I'm wearing some justins today . Even if my feet get wet . I just can't risk it.
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Postby Bright Raven » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:05 am

Whether it is hobby or the main livelihood; work is work. I only have 14 fall calves but halter breaking calves by yourself at age 67 is as rigorous as any work a professional farmer does. I was thinking this morning, the number of years I can continue this are probably no more than the number of fingers on one hand. Damm, it takes a toll on your body!
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Postby Caustic Burno » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:10 am

greybeard wrote:
pdfangus wrote:
Cross-7 wrote:I think some people like to brag about how big a place they have or how many cows. Some use it as a measuring stick to size you up.


Right there with you Cross - 7

Others use it only to size themselves up.
Ain't ya jealous? Don't you wish that you too, could develop that particular personality disorder? Been thinkin about going down to the crossroads tonight at midnight and meeting the red skinned rascal with the bifurcated tail to swap my soul for a big ol ego..heck "I ain't usin it right now anyhow"



Lot of M&M’s don’t own the first cow.

Might surprise you who your neighbor really is.

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Postby greybeard » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:43 am

Bright Raven wrote:Whether it is hobby or the main livelihood; work is work. I only have 14 fall calves but halter breaking calves by yourself at age 67 is as rigorous as any work a professional farmer does. I was thinking this morning, the number of years I can continue this are probably no more than the number of fingers on one hand. Damm, it takes a toll on your body!

For the last couple years, especially after my heart surgery, been seriously considering selling out and moving back to West Texas and just buying a small place just big enough to have a garden and maybe raise a freezer calf and spending the rest of my life canoeing the Pecos and Devil's River fishing. Just hard to pull the trigger on that kind of change tho...
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Postby pdfangus » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:58 am

greybeard wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:Whether it is hobby or the main livelihood; work is work. I only have 14 fall calves but halter breaking calves by yourself at age 67 is as rigorous as any work a professional farmer does. I was thinking this morning, the number of years I can continue this are probably no more than the number of fingers on one hand. Damm, it takes a toll on your body!

For the last couple years, especially after my heart surgery, been seriously considering selling out and moving back to West Texas and just buying a small place just big enough to have a garden and maybe raise a freezer calf and spending the rest of my life canoeing the Pecos and Devil's River fishing. Just hard to pull the trigger on that kind of change tho...


yep.....i cut back to two heifers five or six years ago....right now I am syncing five of my own for breeding and am about to synch about twenty to breed for the neighbor....

My late partner used to say....

Once you get that cow manure on your boots is is awful hard to ever get it all off.....
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Postby Dave » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:18 pm

Being retired and presently not owning any cows at all I don't even qualify as a hobby rancher. But for something to do I have been helping a friend who ranches full time for a living. He runs about 400 cows on I don't know how many thousand acres (30-40 acres per pair). We have gathered, sorted, hauled, and vaccinated cows, built fence and corral. He is a full time cattleman. Being his assistant, does that make me a cowboy? The trouble is he doesn't pay me. Just buys my lunch. Dang, that means I am not a professional cowboy. Just a dang gum hobby cowboy.....
Can't wait to get my own place again so I can be promoted to hobby rancher.
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Postby callmefence » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:30 pm

Dave wrote:Being retired and presently not owning any cows at all I don't even qualify as a hobby rancher. But for something to do I have been helping a friend who ranches full time for a living. He runs about 400 cows on I don't know how many thousand acres (30-40 acres per pair). We have gathered, sorted, hauled, and vaccinated cows, built fence and corral. He is a full time cattleman. Being his assistant, does that make me a cowboy? The trouble is he doesn't pay me. Just buys my lunch. Dang, that means I am not a professional cowboy. Just a dang gum hobby cowboy.....
Can't wait to get my own place again so I can be promoted to hobby rancher.


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Postby pdfangus » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:41 pm

Dave wrote:Being retired and presently not owning any cows at all I don't even qualify as a hobby rancher. But for something to do I have been helping a friend who ranches full time for a living. He runs about 400 cows on I don't know how many thousand acres (30-40 acres per pair). We have gathered, sorted, hauled, and vaccinated cows, built fence and corral. He is a full time cattleman. Being his assistant, does that make me a cowboy? The trouble is he doesn't pay me. Just buys my lunch. Dang, that means I am not a professional cowboy. Just a dang gum hobby cowboy.....
Can't wait to get my own place again so I can be promoted to hobby rancher.


My neighbor wishes he had you for a neighbor rather than me....

he called me three times this week end looking for help when I was up to my arm pits in my own work...
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Postby Nesikep » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:12 pm

Bright Raven wrote:Whether it is hobby or the main livelihood; work is work. I only have 14 fall calves but halter breaking calves by yourself at age 67 is as rigorous as any work a professional farmer does. I was thinking this morning, the number of years I can continue this are probably no more than the number of fingers on one hand. Damm, it takes a toll on your body!

I find halter breaking the calves is by far one of the easiest chores I have... it's all the rest of it that's hard on the body.. haying, irrigation, field work, feeding, etc.
Do you have a "control" halter? the "cow" size works well on big weaned calves up to 18 months from my experience... makes a world of difference for cooperation.
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