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  1. lead_dog

    Chicory

    Are any of you familiar with Brow-Tine Chicory? I want to plant some chicory this weekend in an existing pasture, and Brow-Tine is a lot less than Puna. Anyone have any experience with it?
  2. lead_dog

    Planting Clover & Rye grass together

    Thanks Billy. My goal isn't to do any baling, but full year grazing.
  3. lead_dog

    Planting Clover & Rye grass together

    thanks everyone! love the suggestions, and upon reflection, I'll broadcast and drag a cattle panel or something behind. Great ideas!
  4. lead_dog

    Any experience with Forage Chicory?

    I planted some puna chicory and crimson clover in early spring here in Georgia. The chicory is doing great now and has held up well all summer, with little rain and 100 degrees.
  5. lead_dog

    Planting Clover & Rye grass together

    Thanks. I wasn't sure if the rye grass would shade out the clover or not.
  6. lead_dog

    Planting Clover & Rye grass together

    I have a pasture that I would like to plant in Durana clover and Passerel Plus rye grass this fall. Can I no till them at the same time, or would I need to plant the clover first?
  7. lead_dog

    How to judge when the cow/steer is ready for processing

    Here are a couple of rear pictures. 68 69
  8. lead_dog

    How to judge when the cow/steer is ready for processing

    16-18 months, completely grass fed on good pasture. Been eating rye grass for the past 2 months, with a mix of fescue, vetch, etc.
  9. lead_dog

    How to judge when the cow/steer is ready for processing

    I have a few beeves that I believe are getting close to ready for processing. I've never judged this before, so I'm not sure. I'm told to look for the brisket to fill out, look for fat around the tail, etc., but I'm not sure what I'm comparing it against, so it's confusing. Below are pictures...
  10. lead_dog

    Weighing a newborn calf

    What is the proper procedure for weighing a newborn calf by measuring the heel?
  11. lead_dog

    Castration Question

    Thanks! He's going in today...I don't suspect any issues as he hasn't been showing much interest anyway.
  12. lead_dog

    Castration Question

    Well, yeah, that's my concern. The heifers are starting to cycle and if he's still capable of breeding, I don't want to put him in there. So that's really my question. Is he still capable and if so, how long will he be?
  13. lead_dog

    Castration Question

    I banded my bull calf about a week ago at 7 months of age. How long do I need to wait before I can put him back in with the cows/heifers?
  14. lead_dog

    Evaluating a 12 month old bull

    You're right. He has been on "mediocre" hay, as it's been hard to get here, and he's been on pasture for about 10 days now. There's a fair amount to eat out there, but the growing season won't start for a little over a month.
  15. lead_dog

    Evaluating a 12 month old bull

    This is my 12 month old Murray Grey bull, which we're planning on using this summer on 12 cows and heifers. What do you look for in evaluating a bull physically (beyond EPD's), and how does he look? This is our first one to I'm looking for honest, candid feedback. You can see a larger image...
  16. lead_dog

    Castration, 7 month old

    At 7 months, do you use a special bander? Can I just pick one up at Tractor Supply, or do I need to buy the $$$ callicrate bander I read about?
  17. lead_dog

    Castration, 7 month old

    I researched the archives and saw some posts in the past about castration, but wanted to be sure about this since it's my first time. We have a 7 month old bull calf that wasn't castrated prior to our acquiring him. Therefore, we want/need to do it very soon. Is banding appropriate at this...
  18. lead_dog

    Bull Handling Tips

    Just wanted to say that all these posts were very helpful. Experience, caution and mutual respect seem to be the key. I set up a new pasture for the bull today and moved him in without incident...calm as could be. Just wanted to be close to the girls I think.
  19. lead_dog

    Bull Handling Tips

    backhoe, That's an interesting and seemingly good point. I had originally figured that it was a "plus" if you could walk up and touch the bull. But your point is well taken...if you can, then they won't be able to always understand our intentions. Our bull isn't aggressive. I can stand 15...
  20. lead_dog

    Bull Handling Tips

    I'm curious what you experienced veterans would offer as "bull handling tips". I have my first bull (two actually, one 12 months the other 8 months) and just separated him from 12 cows, who were put on pasture. I'm moving the two young bulls to a separate pasture further away. As soon as we did...
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