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    Getting out

    I have to say when the trailer was leaving the property it felt like my heart was being pulled out. My oldest cow and leader of the pack had her nose stuck out between the rails of the trailer, eyes wide mooing at me as if to ask what was going on. It's been one day and the place is just very...
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    Getting out

    It's been a rough year with losses, have sold all my cows to a broker. Tomorrow the truck comes. It will be a nice winter! Rob Johnson Foley, MN.
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    New Study, 30 precent more likely to die early

    I guess this is my point. It doesn't matter how full of sh** a study is, it still gets major news coverage and any replys from the Beef industry do not. People are left with one side of the story.
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    New Study, 30 precent more likely to die early

    My day is not that much different. It doesn't take much to get 4oz. The CNN report was very vague, like they always are. Eat 4oz. of red meat, die early. I can just see people in the store reaching for a steak to BBQ, remembering the CNN report, and getting Chicken instead.
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    New Study, 30 precent more likely to die early

    Saw this report on CNN this morning and looked it up at work. http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2009/03/24/daily-red-meat-raises-chances-of-dying-early-study.aspx
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    another down cow, least I know what to do.

    Getting kicked is a daily thing around here. It seems like the farm is seeing how much I can take. One thing after another. I have only been doing this for five years, but one thing I figured out right away was that Farmers and ranchers are very optimistic people, next year will be better. Fuel...
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    Uterine Prolapse

    The calf was aborted at about 4-5 months. Haven't even begun to try and find out why yet. I feed corn silage and hay during the winter. I wonder if she got ahold of some mold in the silage. I check every load I feed, but that stuff grows in clumps.
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    Where You At!!

    Easer than posting new pictures would be to hold up a clean piece of printer paper and look at it. That's what things look like around here right now, that and maybe a fan to blow the the paper to simulate the wind!
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    Where You At!!

    I found this intresting site while surfing the web last month, kind of neat. Show us your Farm or Ranch! If you search Johnson Farm and click Foreston, thats my place. The photo is out dated, as it doesn't show my new barn, shop or corn field, but it's fun to play with.http://www.wikimapia.org
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    dislocated shoulder longhorn calf

    I had a calf a couple of years ago that hurt his shoulder playing with other calfs. The thing was limping to the point of my wife calling the Vet. The Vet gave it a shot of something and said to know more the calf would have to be X-rayed. I told her no thanks. It took about two weeks before the...
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    Uterine Prolapse

    No, the cow was not hard to get up at all. In fact, if it wasn't for her urterus hanging out, you would think nothing was wrong with her. The vet did spook her and spent five minutes chaseing her around the pasture to get a halter on her. She then laied down and was worn out. Never did get back...
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    Land Prices?

    The markets have the most to do with it. That and being a one man operation. I work off Farm nights for health Insurance benefits. Getting home at 1:00 am and getting out to do chores in the morning gets rough at 30 below. I feel I can't do the job and it's not fair to the cows. I just had a cow...
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    Land Prices?

    Three grand an acre here in East Central Minnesota, which will get you a mixture of tillable, woods and marsh. I bought a forty two years ago that is 20 tillable, 10 woods and 10 marsh. Paid $120,000.00. Was going to use it to expand my herd but now want to downsize.
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    Uterine Prolapse

    When I found the Cow in the morning when I went to feed, she was laying down on her belly as if she was just sunning herself. When I fed and she didn't get up is when I went in to check and found the Prolapse. The Cow was fine except for her uterus hanging out. As far as the procedure, the vet...
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    Uterine Prolapse

    Having only been raising Beef Cattle for about five years, I just had my first experance with a Uterine Prolapse. The Prolapse was discovered after the Uterus was out of her body about 8 hours. The Vet tried to replace the uterus but was unable to get it into place. She then wanted to try to...
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    gonna try and hang on

    Have been feeding hay since early july when the pastures gave up. Got one cutting of hay, but will be a little short this winter. Going to sell off 4 calfs and my wife sold two horses, so maybe we will make it. At least I did have some drought stressed corn standing, untill the hail came last...
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    How active should a new born calf be?

    Thanks for the replys. I'm new at this and a bit nervous! I'll just keep her warm and dry and see what happends in a few days. It is still dropping into the teens here at night, so should I move the calf and mom into the barn? They are in a shelter now. I posted a pic of the new arrival in...
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    How active should a new born calf be?

    Had a calf born yesterday (sat.18th) about 4:00 pm. I have seen her nursing and she has been up walking around, but, she spends most of the time laying around. What activity level should I expect from a new born?? Thanks, Rob Johnson Foley, Mn.
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    Springin

    At least I now know what the term "Springin" means...... kind of. I see it in all the cattle auction ads, but had no idea what it meant. I'm a green California to Minnesota transplant that is having a really good time learning about cattle, horses and farming in general. But I must admitt, I...
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    How large a shelter?

    Thanks for the reply. I had been thinking of a 12x25 but was affraid that would be too small, so I figured I'd ask people who know. Now, I can start building without fear of crowding. We have a 50x100 cattle barn that was used by the old owners of this place, but my wife has taken that over...
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