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    After birth?

    When's the expected due date? It's possible she aborted and you never found it. It's hard to say by looks/behavior alone. The first pic looked like a water bag. If she didn't do anything in a few hours after I saw that I'd reach in to check if she was dilated and go from there. Idk with this...
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    2021 calving!

    We beat it today. 31 calves with 5 sets of twins. It's warming up so that's a good thing. On my way to work got a text. One of mine was calving at home. Not due to start calving till the 15th. There's a 40lb heifer in the house warming up.
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    After birth?

    Reach in and if it was a normal presentation you'd feel 2 right side up hooves, a head behind(superman). If that was a water bag in the pic and she's been trying to calve since last Wednesday you're probably going to find something different. Tangled up twins, upside-down hooves (backwards...
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    2021 calving!

    Well had one short shift on Friday and didn't come in last night because I was hauling my cattle home all day yesterday - I start calving in a couple weeks. Came in tonight and it's been busy last couple days. 16 calves 2 days straight. Brings us over 100. 2 lost - one premature doa off a...
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    Not paying much for weight

    There's a point where if you decrease the plant size enough and it won't matter how many plants/acre you have it won't yield as much. I understand the train of thought. Look at yield/acre instead of $/calf. I just think there's an economic and workload hurdle that gets ignored in the argument...
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    Not paying much for weight

    It's cheaper to expand with cows that wean bigger calves because breds are sold by the head and bigger calves bring in more $/h. Back to the Kit Pharo example 28 more calves to fill a semi load.
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    Not paying much for weight

    Maybe it should be called, "It feels like they aren't paying much for weight but they usually dollar out." The original example of $16 for 91 lbs is extremely bad and if that's apples to apples with a large sample size and happening consistently where someone is I don't blame them for selling...
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    Dealing with net wrap in winter

    TMR is an inefficient, expensive way to grind a bale. Most of the big guys here get a custom guy in with a tub grinder or use a bale shredder on the bales first.
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    2021 calving!

    Lmao many, many butts.
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    Not paying much for weight

    @Lee VanRoss I think we get there different ways but see it in a similar way. Each cow will only have one calf a year so it makes sense to maximize the return/cow. I do it a little different. Buy in moderate replacements (1250 lb mature weight), calve them a little early (March) to a terminal...
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    2021 calving!

    Last night I ended off with 4 there were 2 water bags on my last check so I left word and went home quickly. 4 hours in and I'm up to 4 again. 2 cows, 2 heifers all unassisted.
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    Not paying much for weight

    Or do they build big factories where overhead's cheaper?
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    Not paying much for weight

    Cash flow is a bitch. This is very true... 😂 Do many manufacturers build more, smaller factories to get a better margin?
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    Not paying much for weight

    What I'm getting at is you have to defer income or borrow money to eventually get the same/ a little more income by your example. So you either don't make money/make very little for the period of time you're retaining and growing those extra 28 cows or you're borrowing the money and paying off...
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    2021 calving!

    #3 is in. Now a heifer is calving. Lucky she's given me time to pen a couple outside so I can fit a couple more in.
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    2021 calving!

    2nd one tonight. One still in labour that I know of.
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    Dealing with net wrap in winter

    Some years/conditions are just worse and lead to ice. I almost always have twine bales. Last year I got an inch of bale w the twine all spring. Just pulled them to the side and burnt the twine and hay almost daily. I think cutting the net wrap would complicate it but sometimes not much you can do.
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    2021 calving!

    One old girl calved so far sice 7. That makes 9 today. 2 extra cows claimed the last calf. Could get hectic....
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    Dealing with net wrap in winter

    Drop on end from high. Find the end of the wrap. Walk around the bale 3x.
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    Not paying much for weight

    This idea gets thrown around a lot and my question is where does the $ to buy 28 more cows come from? Subtract that from the extra money you get for the load for several years and are you still making more? I'm all ears about the idea but it doesn't seem to compute. From my experience tbe cattle...
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