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    Selling Grass-Fed Beef

    My bad...$3.50/lb hanging weight: I was shooting for a $6/lb final product price and got pretty close to that. and agree with you--I don't have a market :) this was more of a feasibility experiment that went okay. we'll see what happens with the next one.
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    Selling Grass-Fed Beef

    Just processed my first 3 cow. 3 years old and didn't breed. Pasture raised/no feed. sold half and kept half. I sold at $6/lb hanging weight and my buyers were happy. However, my final product came in at under 50% of hanging weight...maybe this was because she wasn't finished in any...
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    Selling Grass-Fed Beef

    Now I have to google, "pig tractor" because that sounds like something great! :)
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    Trenching with Subsoiler

    tried this over a 1700 ft stretch, laying 1” poly pipe. The YouTube videos made it look easy. first, my depth was uneven, with some poly pipe ending up only a few inches below surface. Then the pipe would snag just a bit off the subsoiler, pulling the other end 8-12” from spot to connect to...
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    weaning issue-first time to do this

    I like the idea of pens then gradual reintroduction. I’ve been rotating them with their dams using 1 wire, specific training for the calves, and the whole herd Including the calves respected the wire 100%...until now. :)
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    newbie question-disc harrows

    I like this approach, but I've got a few 3-8 acre areas that were scraped to build a pond or berms to help with erosion. it's packed hard and I'm trying to build up the organic matter again. Last winter I tried broadcasting wheat/oats/clover and prob had 30% success. A couple other places...
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    weaning issue-first time to do this

    I have, "pens" :). Meaning I have about 15 lightweight panels and a head gate bolted to some 6x6 posts. It's not great, but being a novice, I didn't want to invest in heavy, permanent pens before I even know if I was going to be able to actually keep cows alive on my place. So far, reading a lot...
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    weaning issue-first time to do this

    I don't even know what this means, but I'm now super curious! Time to get on google!!
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    weaning issue-first time to do this

    Haven't posted pics of my cows before. Here's my setup and the ornery steer (who's actually great in every other way!). This has held the heifer calves out for almost 2 weeks now.
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    weaning issue-first time to do this

    Thanks for all the thoughts. My new plan is to move the calves including the steer to the 1 acre yard around the house. Hay and feed for additional 30-45 days and then see what happens. The yard fence is my only solidly enclosed area besides my perimeter fence. Got a good relationship with...
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    weaning issue-first time to do this

    hmm...I'd love to retain my heifers but am not really set up to run two herds yet. I'm a very low input/part-time operation. Steer already has a processing date of next August, but if he already disrespects electric fences, he may need to go...lots to think about. Thanks for the information.
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    weaning issue-first time to do this

    Pardon my ignorance, but why? I've got no bull on my place, and won't breed them till they are 14-16 months or so. I don't feed them any differently...what am I missing? Or maybe you mean wait longer than 30 days? Like Farmgirl said, 6-8 weeks?
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    weaning issue-first time to do this

    Working on weaning 3 calves across 2 strands of electric fence that the whole herd has has been well-trained to....up until now. The 2 heifer calves are doing just fine, but the steer calf is somehow managing to crawl under/jump over/run through-I haven't caught him in the act yet. They are...
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    (cheap) scales set-up?

    https://www.amazon.com/Livestock-Scale-Build-Fraction-Price/dp/B06Y4DK172/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=scales+kit&qid=1601654399&sr=8-2 Just be aware: I haven't used it yet to actually weigh my cows! :) I'll post a review after this next weekend.
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    (cheap) scales set-up?

    I thought about this, but not sure if over time, cows will trample down the soil around it and I'll be left with 4 small posts sticking up out of the ground...
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