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  1. ksmit454

    Bagging up - first calf heifer

    I have a first calf heifer due in 2 weeks. She’s just now ever so slightly starting to bag. My previous first calf heifers began bagging over a month before calving. Is there a lot of variation on bagging up for first calf heifers?
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    Feed with bugs

    These are the bugs. They are teeny tiny and as far as I know, are dead now. We left the feed out in the sun for a few days and there aren’t moving around anymore.
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    Feed with bugs

    True… wish I knew what they were. They are teeny tiny, almost look powdery.
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    Feed with bugs

    I work at a feed store and we got a pallet of sweet cob that has little teeny tiny bugs in it. After leaving it in the sun the bugs are all dead. I am able to get the pallet at no cost, would it be ok to feed to my feeder calves? I would hate to waste a whole pallet and really I don’t think...
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    When to process… always a guessing game.

    Thank you, that’s the plan is to process them in December. Should be good and ready by then since they will be on a good finishing ration.
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    Chances of cow talking calf.

    Unfortunately the cow ended up drying up and we are bottle feeding the calf now. Mama cow went to the auction!
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    I also have been banding at birth, usually within 3-4 days and never given tetanus.
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    When to process… always a guessing game.

    Thanks BFE. I just bought her about 2 weeks ago. I might be able to find a customer who is ok with the smaller carcass. How much finishing time do you think she’ll need? She’s pretty fat, but she still young.
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    When to process… always a guessing game.

    I really would like to sell heifer #3 and heifer #4. My main issue like you mentioned, is that I already have these beef sold for customers, so I feel as if I am scrambling to try to replace them to keep good beef supplies to my consumer. I always predict a hanging weight average from 750-850...
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    When to process… always a guessing game.

    They were born Spring 2022. The heifer #3 is actually the youngest of them. But she’s pretty small, my guess is only about 600-700lbs. She’s only been on grass. Bill was dexter and really well muscled. Cow was b&w face. Maybe I can make an appointment to have her done sooner? I don’t think she...
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    When to process… always a guessing game.

    Nice hanging weights. Mine usually come out anywhere from 750-850 hanging. But I have always done steers so I’m curious to see what the heifers hang out as. Yes I have been using the meat shop in Martell. I have also used TBonez in Auburn. I am looking to buy 2 steers if you have any for sale or...
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    When to process… always a guessing game.

    Steer #42 Steer #47 Heifer #1 Heifer #2 Heifer #3 These 5 above are the next batch to be processed. My thought is to let them grow a little larger and process them first week of January. That leaves us only 7 months more, and I would begin graining for the last 4 months. What do you...
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  20. ksmit454

    Nuts on or off?

    I would say leave him be. We had a “steer” that we purchased that ended up showing signs of a bull. His name changed real quick to “one nut”. We processed him and he tuned out great. Couldn’t tell a difference in the meat compared to steers. Also with him, I contemplated trying to cut him and...