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    Cow/Bull interaction

    The bull was put with the cows April 13. So, today is his 62nd day with them. I plan to leave him in until June 28 (that's 76 days). This past calving season, all calves were born within 60 days. And that's what I like to see. I haven't seen him acting interested in any of the cows in quite a...
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    Don't cuss the cold or rain.

    I'm a little North of True Grit and JMJ Farms. Haven't had any measurable rain here in 2 weeks and only 2.2 inches for all of May. AND we had a dry April too. No real percentage chance of rain in the forecast for 2 more weeks (hope they're wrong on that). At 4 pm today it was 98 degrees with...
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    Tire problem

    Boy, my original post about the tire problem died away pretty quickly. And then like crabgrass (which I like), it popped back up out of nowhere and really spiraled into another realm. Pretty funny! Just FYI, I took the most frequent advice given and replaced that tire last summer. And BTW, my...
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    Heifer/Bull ratios

    I'm currently at 11 bulls and 13 heifers alive with 4 more to calve. However, I have also lost 2 heifers and 1 bull calf (so the real ratio is 12 to 15 I guess). I've had 2 sets of twins this season with one survivor from each set (dead twins not included in the ratio). Calving started Feb. 2...
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    What I'm seeing today

    Cows enjoying crabgrass and some pearl millet.
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    Hayfield Grass ID

    Definitely not bahia or crabgrass. At first I thought it might be johnsongrass also. But something about it, at least in these pictures, didn't seem to let me make that match definitively. Not trying to be rude, but I assumed everyone in the southeast that does any kind of farming knows what...
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    Tire problem

    Walked by my tractor this afternoon and found this. I assume air has gotten between the plys, somehow. Any of you had this happen? Is it repairable? It is a front tire and I do use my loader quite a bit. Drill a hole to let the air escape and then put a tube in it? Run it like it is? Or just...
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    Bud Box

    Yep, both of my catch pens employ the "bud box". And I really like them. Mine are approximately 12 ft. wide and 24 ft. long, It works very well with the cows. However, I found calves are a little more difficult to get through the hole. To solve that problem, I installed a second gate that hinges...
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    What I'm seeing today

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    What would you do?

    In October I overseeded about 5 acres of summer grass pasture with Durana clover. I left the cows on it for a few days to tromp it in and crop the summer grass down (mostly bahia along with Quick-N-Big crabgrass). The cows haven't been on it since then. The clover is coming on pretty good now...
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    What I see today

    Marshall ryegrass (sown October 13) is up enough to give the cows some limited grazing time on it. They're getting 1 hour/day on 2-acre parcels, then it's back to the hay. There is some Wrens Abruzzi Rye on the edges. This is a one of my hay fields. Moved the cows over here October 30 to graze...
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    I just finished putting in cross fencing using a 2-strand hot wire with 3 ground rods set 10 feet apart. I was having the same issue. Voltmeter was reading 9.5 kV at the energizer terminals, but only 2.0-2.5 kV on the wire itself. This was my first experience with HT wire and an AC energizer. I...
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    Suggestions for fencing HUA

    Right now I have a total of 50 cows and calves, but in the process of building my numbers (slowly). I know the 4-ball waterers are a little "overkill" for my numbers, but I'm getting a really good deal on them. Fencing a perimeter around the HUA and waterer to create a "common" area from any of...
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    Barbwire roller /unroller

    Looks like it worked perfectly!! Congrats to him. (Is he still an employee?) :roll:
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    Suggestions for fencing HUA

    I've qualified for some NRCS EQUIP help. As part of that, a well has been drilled and I'm getting ready to start laying pipe to the locations for 3 watering facilities. I'm going to use 4-ball freezeless MiraFount waterers. Each of these watering facilities is required to have a Heavy Use Area...