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    Drought Hay Pricing ?

    I thought the east was wet? How far west are you going?
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    Drought Hay Pricing ?

    Hay prices have been going up steadily here. Semi loads of grass cow hay hit U$S 240 per ton at an auction last week. It would be cheaper to buy local shell corn... What would be the highest price per ton you have seen loads cow hay sell for during a drought?
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    Took a couple to the slaughter house yesterday...

    Yes, luckily sharks have very short legs.
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    Cull Cows on the rise

    Auction barns are seeing 3X the normal summer volume. Out of the artic vortex and into the heat dome. We have a grass hay panic here. Last hay auction was up to U$S 240 per ton. I sold some split pairs again. Light calves were $2/lb. and cows were mostly 56 to 69 cents.
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    Wolves

    Who does the kill confirmation and the issues the permit ?
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    Wolves

    An expensive way to reduce unemployment.
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    Cull Cows on the rise

    (I think the auctioneer runs her through each week)
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    Cull Cows on the rise

    Top cull cow yesterday was U$S 92.50
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    Cull Cows on the rise

    Hauled 3 heiferettes to the locker plant today. Went in and saw what they had in the holding pens. What a zoo. Couple bulls, couple old cows, 4 finished steers, and a lot of green cross bred long yearlings. Looks like the hobby farmers are having a hamburger dispersal sale rather than buying hay.
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    Cull Cows on the rise

    Cull cow feeding is very seasonal and somewhat popular here. Buy thin cows in Nov/Dec and feed them a corn silage based mix. You could reload the pen with light calves and sell them as stockers in April. Then go fishing in May/June...
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    Cull Cows on the rise

    How much do you benefit from going direct?
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    Brown BLW Legend

    Any updates on how those heifers' matured ?
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    Fruit trees

    The land grant universities breed varieties and always produce a lot of PR on their latest. Flavor and heartiness can be a trade off in the north. Semi dwarf trees come into production sooner than full size trees, but do not live as long. Crab apples tend to require less care. They are my fav...
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    RA Results from Genex' Redemption or Legend ?

    Any feedback on their calves or their daughters ?
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    ProstaMate Effectiveness ?

    I bred off natural heats for eight days. Hot here so going mostly off heat detect patches. Then gave the ProstaMate shot, but not seeing any flurry, yet. What is typical success rate for heat detection using the patches?
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    ProstaMate Effectiveness ?

    I gave 5 cc of ProstaMate to the last 12 heifers in the AI pen. They all have heat detect patches. Should I expect a different quality of heat ? What does it tell you if they still don't show heat?
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    My drought strategy

    How do you buy your molasses?
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    Cull Cows on the rise

    Aaron said they are selling cows already, but luckily their top calves go to (wet) eastern Ontario. I think there will be a big fall surge of cows from Montana, ND, MN, Canadian prairie... What is the traditional gather date in those areas? Will they do it sooner if it is dry, or is there no...
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    Cull Cows on the rise

    Seems crazy high. Fed cows? Dry cows?
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    Cull Cows on the rise

    I am selling six big cows per week. Cows in the front and calves in the back. Apparently even though cow kill is up, burger and trim demand are up more. I think a lot of cow calf guys are on auto pilot with no grass. Even if we get fall rains - - those short brown over grazed pastures will not...
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