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    feeding question

    I have 4 cows whose calves I weaned about a month ago. I am now trying to build up their conditioning before they calve again. They are getting all the Sudan hay they can eat, along with 5lbs of sweet feed and about 1lb of range cubes a day. I haven't really noticed any improvement in their...
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    oops

    I think my curiosity may have gotten the best of me....
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    Cow with nail in hoof

    Thursday night when I got home I noticed one of my cows limping. (She was fine Tuesday morning). I took her to the vet on Friday morning, and sure enough, there was a roofing nail in her hoof. The vet removed the nail, ground away some more of her hoof around the hole, and then packed it with...
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    Good Deal?

    I will start off by saying I am very new to raising cattle. For the past 2 years, I have been buying steers, and raising them for my freezer. My neighbor is needing to reduce his heard, and is offering to sell me 2 of his commercial cows. One is a brangus, and I am not sure of the other. (...
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    Bottle Calves update

    My two holstein bulls are now 9 weeks old, and off the bottle. I am feeding them 3 - 4 lbs of calf starter each per day, along with free choice hay and clean water. I plan to have each one cut and de-horned within the next month. With that said, here are my questions... 1. Should I be...
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    841 lb wild hog

    Here is a link to a newstory about an 841 lb hog that was killed in east Texas. http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7430511&nav=menu117_3
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    quick question

    I have a problem. A hawk has managed to find the one place where our screen is broken on our back porch. And of course he/she can't seem to find its way out. I tried to scare it toward the opening, but that is not working. (This is one Pi**ed off bird) I have heard that they are protected...
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    feed question

    This winter I am going to be feeding out several steers. My plan is to give free choice coastal hay, along with loose mineral. I also will be giving them each about 2 -3lbs of some type of beef builder feed per day. My question(s) is this a good plan? Will this be enough protein? I can add...
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    Scour question

    This is a question related to my milk replacer question. When my calves were on the soy replacer, they started having runny brownish-white stools. Is this considered scours? The reason I ask this is because at no time the the 2 calves look sickly. Every time I went to check on them they were...
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    milk replacer

    I have read on this board that Purina makes a good replacer. So I had my wife pick up some at the local feed store, and when she got home I read on the ingredients list, and it contains 22% protien, only 12% fat, and the first 3 ingredients are dried whey,dried whey protein concentrate, and SOY...
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    Amount of Feed

    I am currently raising some bottle holsteins. Once they are weaned, I plan on keeping 2 of them to feed my extended family, and selling the other 2 at around 400 or 500lbs to offset some of the cost. My question is once I start weaning them and they are eating some starter and hay, how much...
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    Time to finish

    Take a look at the following steers and give your opinions on how they look, and if they are ready to start finishing out on grain yet. Please keep in mind, this is my first attempt at growing my own beef, and I also know that I didn't start out with the highest quality to begin with. I figure...
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    Seeding question

    I am about to seed my newly disced pasture with Bermuda. Do I need to use an expensive (to rent) seeder, or can I get buy with just spreading the seed? I am only going to be seeding about 5 acres, so the cost to rent a seeder, does not seem worthwhile to me. On the other hand, if it will make...
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    Vet Costs

    Why is it when I lived in the city I couldn't even get a checkup for my dog without spending $100 or more, but now I live outside the city, and I called up my local vet, that everyone recomends, to get a price on castrating a couple of calves that I have, and the cost was $10.00 per animal. :o...
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    Pasture help

    I have a small 10 acre pasture that I am trying to improve upon. I just bought the land last summer, and to say the land was neglected before I bought it would be an understatement. I would like to know what I can do to try and get it back into shape. I am not looking for any quick fix, just...
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    2 new additions

    Well, the buyer that I use just brought me 2 additional calves, and I have a couple of questions. 1. The two existing steers that I have now, (about 500 lbs each) do not get along with the two new ones (300lbs each). Every time the new ones get close to them, to try and eat or drink out of...
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    bottle feeding question

    I have been reading all the posts about bottle feeding, since I am about to attempt this, and I have a few questions. Also, I am not looking to do this for profit, I am just wanting to raise some of my own beef + have a learning experience for my kid and me :) So here are my questions... 1...
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    Picture

    I know this is a horse forum, but I wanted to post a picture of my wife's new pet :lol: I was able to get her for $75.00. Do you think she is worth it? I got her for protection of my calves, and so far she has bonded with them very well. In fact when we had to catch one of the calves for...
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    New Calves

    Here is a couple pictures of my new calves. Since this is my first attempt, I would like to get everyones opinion on these 2. Also I would like some help identifying them. I'm guessing the first one has some longhorn in him. The 2nd one I was told by the owner I bought him from that he was...
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    new calf

    Well I finally made the plunge and acquired a new steer calf. He is around 275lbs right now. I am a little concerned because he does not seem to be eating much. I put hay out for him in the morning, and when I check on him in the evening not much is gone. (Although my holding pen still has...
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