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    If you were starting a new herd from scratch..

    I did say what kind of cows they were. Our cows were never, NEVER abused. Please read slower. I was talking of a big ranch, 3000 mother cows that the heifers did not get enough to eat during the winter, (which we don't agree with treating cattle that way) so when they calved, they were hungry...
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    If you were starting a new herd from scratch..

    I can tell you this, let a heifer get hungry and then watch how bad they want to be mothers. We never had the problem of them being hungry, so it was never an issue with us, but a big ranch did and they paid for it. The ranch manager moved the hay from that ranch over to another ranch he managed...
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    If you were starting a new herd from scratch..

    At our place cattle have no reason to be wild. This was back in the 1960's and they were fed hay during winter and good pasture during summer. They were handled well, everyone that started calving at 3 years of age stopped doing it. Economics for one, them not liking their calves was another. I...
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    If you were starting a new herd from scratch..

    You are correct. What you are doing isn't for everyone. Sorry you can't check on your heifers more than once a week. That would never work here. As for getting them bigger before calving, early on we calved a bunch of heifers that calved their first calf at 3 years old. They were big and wild...
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    Never gets old

    Just enjoy it. Tomorrow may never come. Today is a gift. That's why they call it the present.
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    Some Angus Bulls

    Nice bulls! Do they have better scrotal measurements than in the past? I know that used to be a negative when discussing Gardiner bulls.
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    Terminal Mama’s

    And are called 'Fullbloods'. Interesting how that works. Thanks.
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    Terminal Mama’s

    I'm really interested in how a Brangus can be full blood when they are Brahma crossed with Angus. Seriously.
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    Rain

    We started getting rain then snow this morning. It has kept it up all day. Starting to stick now. The trees will be a mess tomorrow if this keeps up like what is predicted. We could get 20" of wet, heavy snow. They are saying we could have power outages because of the breaking tree branches. We...
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    Cow has "crossed toes"?

    Weak pasterns can cause the toes to cross due to the pressure on the heel. The front of the foot tends to not stay flat which causes the problem. Good luck. (Old thread I know.)
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    Worthy to be a bull?

    Usually your heifers are what you have been breeding for, they would be your newest genetics, so why not keep him a bull even if he is out of a heifer? He's a really handsome calf. You can always cut him if he disappoints you later on, but if you cut him now...you are stuck with him being a...
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    Pink eye

    Then I would get them in and treat them all for IBR, BVD PI-3. It sounds like more than pinkeye when that happens.
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    Pink eye

    More than one thing can cause pinkeye. Flies. IBR for instance. I learned this after having a bad outbreak of pinkeye many years ago (before we started feeding mineral) in Hereford cows and calves. We had to rope them to doctor them, good thing we had help. Then we vaccinated for IBR, BVD, PI-3...
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    October photo contest 2021

    We saw them on one of our reservoirs in SE Mt. They are interesting birds. This was in my dad's autograph book: What a funny bird is the pelican With a beak near as big as their bellycan They can get enough in their beak To last for a week And I don't see how in the hellycan. (written just...
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    Breeding heifers

    1200# bred replacement heifers are really pretty. But they grow up to be too big for our country. I remember when we were glad they weighed 700#, now 900# fits pretty well. It's really easy these days to get cattle that are too big, especially for our environment. They don't have to be big to...
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    Breeding heifers

    I would like to see them in a better body score this time of year. It's cheaper to winter a cow in body score of 6 going in. If they lose a body score during winter (and that's a possibility where winters are cold) they would still be body score 5 when calving. Body score of 4.5 is too low. 80#...
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    How much urea is to much urea?

    Liquid feed uses phosphorus to limit intake. When cattle overeat it, they add phos as a limiter because it is very bitter. Slows the cattle consumption down.
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    How much urea is to much urea?

    They can build up a tolerance to salt. If a cow can recognize a need for phosphorus, then why didn't the mineral boxes, can't remember what they are called--but they were boxes side by side for different minerals and were about 4 or 5 feet high. Phos went in one box, copper in another, etc...
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    How much urea is to much urea?

    Phosphorus is a limiter as is salt. We had gumbo grass in a pasture. Cattle would not eat mineral in that pasture, same with the neighbors. They had gumbo too. We tested that gumbo grass. Guess what? High in phos, so of course they wouldn't eat mineral because they didn't need the phos while in...
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    Saved by speed

    I think I should talk to Debbie. 🤣
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