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    Some Hereford pics

    I came back from a trip to another snow. I gave the bulls a treat of a fresh bale of oat hay on the ground, rather on the snow, to play with for a day. I'll put a ring over it tomorrow. My Huth bull Z072 is like a big Teddy bear. He loves to play with a bale. He is in a north facing pasture so...
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    I've got this itch...

    Watching a few calves in a fresh patch grazing corn I opened yesterday, I noticed one full steer stopped for a last ear before heading to the waterer but then decided to use one of my frozen-in pigtail posts for a good scratch. He was fun to watch as he worked back and forth. Nothing like a...
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    Anyone else find the popup ads in the upper corner offensive

    I personally find some of the popup ads in the upper RH corner of this site offensive. Cattlemax ads I can understand. Bouncing cartoon boobs I can't understand and will not tolerate any longer. I sure wouldn't want to be sitting here with a child nearby. Please institute some discretion...
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    I opened up more grazing corn to the calves today (pics)

    I've had several pm's asking for information on how/why etc I graze standing corn. I can't get into a long discussion now. But in the interest of not repeating the same answers to several people I will show some pics of how I opened more corn to my calves today. It is extremely cold right now...
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    Calves grazing standing corn

    I haven't posted here in a while but still "finishing" Hereford calves by grazing standing corn over the winter before harvest in late April and replanting corn in the same strip as I have for about the last 6 years. Very cold today, I believe the high was 3 or 4 degrees F. Low last night was...
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    Month old bull calf

    I was putting out hay this morning and noticed one of the bull calves, 29 days old today, just looked obviously larger, more solid/filled out especially from the rear than the others. Despite the freezing rain coming down he was aggressively nursing his dam and seemed somewhat oblivious to the...
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    pounding in fence posts

    I don't know where to put this so will try here: IS anyone here familiar with pounding in fence posts? I have a lot to do and pounding would be a lot easier than the skid steer/auger/cement/dry/backfill standard method. Just hard to see how you can just pound in an 8" x 8 ft flat bottom...
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    Some new calves

    Spring can't be too far away with new calves all around. It always amazes me how calves change after just 3 or 4 days on mama's milk. And how the newborn calves get licked off, stand up, turn around and get their first colostrum. Another heifer calving this afternoon. Dumb heifer this...
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    Steers and heifers in the snow (pics)

    It's been snowing all day in SW WI. With the weather forecast for snow, and being a softee, yesterday I put a stalk bale on the ground behind the house for the steers and heifer calves. These are all about 11 months old. Plowed some snow and took a couple pictures of them as I came in. I am...
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    Using cornstalk bales to extend hay supply (pics)

    I am running short on good hay, as are many folks. However one positive thing about a lot of pasture in the area being torn up for corn is that you can purchase baled cornstalks fairly reasonably priced compared to good hay. I have been putting out one stalk bale for each hay bale. Using the...
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    Feeding wrapped bales this afternoon (pics)

    Not having a hay shed, I have found wrapping dry 5x6 ft 1500 lb bales really saves a lot of hay in my climate. I took a couple pictures as I put two wrapped bales in feeders for a cow group this afternoon. This is not really the best wrapping can do because these bales sat out a month or more...
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    Calves grazing corn in Feb (pic)

    I should use my real camera but just had my phone and snapped a picture of some of my calves that were grazing the strip of standing corn near to the house. I am embarrassed by this drought corn anyway so just as well its a poor picture. Folks have said they like seeing pictures of my somewhat...
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    neutrality?

    I see the medicare thread is locked and that is understandable. However my response was also deleted while other posts were not deleted. If you are going to have a no politics policy then lets have it apply equally to both sides. It seems like anti-Obama posts are let stand while anything...
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    Pin to hook length on cows (pics)

    I am still trying to get a handle on Knersie's comment on the importance of the pin to hook distance on a cow. I have been looking at my cows and heifers more closely trying to see some patterns. I would appreciate others comments on this pin hook distance thing. For reference I found a picture...
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    Pics of some calves from today

    This afternoon I was giving the cows some grain for energy and some specially good hay with the subzero cold sticking around for a few days. We had a couple warm days so much of the snow is gone on the south facing slopes. I found a divider hotwire that needed repair which is why my calves...
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    Some Calves in their winter coats (pics)

    I was giving the cows a grain treat ahead of some very cold (below zero F) weather when a few of the spring calves came down the hill to see what I was doing, or maybe beg some for themselves. These calves have been grazing corn for about two weeks now. After reading this article...
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    My Granddaughter's Favorite Cow (pic)

    My young granddaughter has her 8th birthday coming up and I was going through some pictures to send her. I found this one from this October (2 days after weaning the calves off, hence the udder) of her favorite cow. I don't name my cattle, just numbers. However when my granddaughter saw...
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    A few pics

    I took a few pics this afternoon when I was out checking the hay feeders. Here are a couple of my favorite young raised commercial cows (one is a heifer). They were both sired by my Huth T021 bull. I really like their body type. The first one raised a great steer calf this year. I...
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    Red clover comes through again + some weaned calves (pics)

    As it seems I am going to be short of hay come spring (as are a lot of folks), depending on what sort of winter we have, I am trying to use every last bit of grazing I can. It was in the 25 degree (F) range last night so the days are limited for anything much green to graze. Since we have had...
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    Wild Turkey for Thanksgiving?

    I have had a large number of wild turkeys wandering around between my house and grazing corn strip. Snapped a picture of a couple. Obviously mostly corn fed. I was thinking these might make a good thanksgiving dinner. My neighbor says they have a really good taste very different from...
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