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    Any reason not to butcher yearling down with grass tetany?

    Have a yearling bull that escaped with 4 other yearlings into a new pasture of fresh grass. They weren't "hungry" so grain wouldn't bring them in. Storm was coming in so fixed the gate and waited for them to come in under the shed & out of the rain to trap them. They were on grass less than 24...
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    Any reason not to butcher yearling down with grass tetany?

    Have a yearling bull that escaped with 4 other yearlings into a new pasture of fresh grass. They weren't "hungry" so grain wouldn't bring them in. Storm was coming in so fixed the gate and waited for them to come in under the shed & out of the rain to trap them. They were on grass less than 24...
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    Obstructed throat...

    Hey all, I have a yearling bull who I THINK might have a problem... This morning I put his grain in his stall and rather than "go to it" he stood there and spit out a hunk of partially chewed hay. I thought it was odd he didn't want his grain but decided to wait and see if it was gone tonight...
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    Use a cow lifter or not??

    Hi all.. I have a cow that's down... To answer all the questions... she's 5 years old, pregnant with calf #4... due March 29 (AI). I had her seen by the vet today...she received Calcium/Selenium/Banamine, etc. "just because" (NO DEX). Because she has feeling in all extremeties including down her...
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    Bringing a cow back...

    Hi all! Just bought a cow with exceptional genetics...However she's in pretty bad shape. Owner just passed from cancer so no hard feelings...just too much for the family to deal with. But...my plan is to ease her onto grain and her own corral for some fresh grass. Anyone got any tricks for...
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    Old Cow...can I keep her alive long enough to calve?

    Not really looking for advice as much as I am just your personal experience... I have a 15y/o cow... (everyone has a "Granny" and this is mine)... she should be calving within the next month but her condition has really suffered this winter. We currently have her in a stall with an outside run...
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    Solve this one for me....

    OK... something new that has me stumped. First calf heifer has a bullcalf during the night. Our first sight of him is in the early morning when we look out and see it starting to rain HARD. New momma and calf is in the shed but due to the rain all the girls start coming up from the pasture to...
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    Custom Grazing near St. Louis?

    Anyone have any contacts for Custom Grazing near St. Louis? If so, please PM me... I need to reduce my stocking rates but don't want to reduce my herd. THANKS!
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    Chopping Hay

    Hi everyone! Can any of you tell me the most economical way to chop hay withouth spending a fortune? I wondered about buying a chopper/shredder (the type you use in the yard for small tree branches)... am I crazy?? As for usage, I would be putting approx. 2 large squares (the big ones) through...
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    3/4 Interest and Full Possession??

    Hi all... Can you help me please... I've done a search on the boards for this but its pulling up EVERY post with the word "Interest" in it.... I've also done a search online but its pulling up every Bull imaginable for sale. I need to know what is meant by 3/4 Interest and Full Possession... I...
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    The Murray Grey Cow

    From another post... we were just discussing Murray Grey cows and thought I'd add a couple pics. I'm on the laptop so this is all I have on here but will add more later when I'm on my main computer. Just gives you an idea of the "type" cow I look for... (This is Kayla and Tink)... This is...
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    World Beef Expo

    If you've showed there... please tell me everything you can about it. I'm going to be showing there in Sept. and am wanting an insider's view of tie outs, stalls, wash racks, trailer parking, security, hotels close-by, etc. Thanks!
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    Wild Rose

    Looking at some pasture thats got some wild rose in it. What's your suggestion? If we can get this cleaned up it would be a great cow pasture...Thanks!
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    Pasture Rent in the Midwest

    If you live in the Midwest, how much do you rent pasture for or how much do you pay? Someone in Wisconsin told me $8/head per month. I'm placing an ad in our local paper as we are looking for pasture to rent so that we can expand, however I don't want to be bamboozled by not having a relative...
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    I'm having abnormally large calves!

    WHAT THE HECK!!!! I am NOT feeding mom's any grain... no protein tubs... nothing but free choice hay... The hay has been rotated between some sudan, alfalfa/grass mix. Should I NOT be feeding free choice? Just weighed a calf born last night and he was 100lbs. Rest have been 90, 93 etc. This...
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    What do you pay your show help?

    OK... hubby and I have broke/worked the cattle for show and they're coming along really well. HOWEVER, I have a boy that has show experience who is willing to go with us and help out. For the last couple weeks he's come by the house religiously and helped with walking, setting them up, washing...
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    Stall Display

    Hi all... when we are at county, we don't go "all out" with our displays...however that said, I do have the Sullivans end panels, sign holders, etc. My question is... what is the best way to hang your curtains? I've got black valances with velcro sewn across it so all I have to do is "stick" my...
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    Another Nose Ring Question

    OK...so we've got a yearling bull we're showing. All work to date has been with the lead only (not touching the nosering). However, we KNOW we have to have a lead clipped to the nosering while IN THE RING so my question is: what is the best way to start the bull getting accustomed to feeling a...
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    Sudan Grass

    We bought some and the cattle INHALE it. NO WASTE. Would appreciate any of you who might have dealt with it, telling me what you think? From what I read, the protein content is only good if harvested BEFORE it reaches 2' tall... after that the protein falls by HALF!!! As cattlemen (women...
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    BVD Testing for Shows

    OK... this is probably a stupid question... Today I had my show string tested for BVD...(via earnotch). The requirement was that the animals be BVD tested within 30 days of the date of the show. The vet and I talked about this today...the fact that this is becoming standard (was required at IL...
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