Double Duty For Barn And Dog

A white and black dog on haybales in the barn.While the barn is used for hay storage and feeding for the yearling bulls, the empty half of the barn is used for bundling firewood.

Each use creates its own kind of mess and it is only about 10 feet between the two so we make an effort to keep the hay mess and the wood mess cleaned up as much as possible no matter which area we are working in.

It was a very stormy day and everyone was happy to be out of the weather. As we were working in the wood, Butler the dog was inspecting part of the haystack in search of vermin that like to move in this time of year, but he would always peek around the corner to make sure we were still working on the crib of wood that needed to be bundled. Both dog and barn were doing double duty on this winter day.

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Trying To Get A Leg Up

One of the yearling bulls in the bull pen seemed to tire of the same old routine and wanted to get a new outlook.

Year old black angus bull on large stump.I was too far away to get this guy’s number, but he is one of the 9 bulls out in the pen. The stump is the remnant from an old, sick fir that had been taken down more than 10 years ago.

The bull had quite a reach to get first one hoof then another up on the tall stump. For several minutes after getting this far, he struggled to figure out if he could get his back legs up also, then when that proved impossible, working on the exit plan to get his front legs off the stump. All the bulls are back on even footing with each other.

Nose Clips Removed

Newly weaned bulls in barn.The three bulls that had the green weaner clips installed have now been moved away from the main herd and are spending quality time in the show barn.

I have removed the plastic nose clips and the bulls are enjoying the TLC of close quarters in the barn and lots of food including sliced pears and apples with each meal.

One of the mothers did complain the first day when we moved these guys away, but it was uneventful and short-lived.The bulls did not get upset during the weaning process and did not bellow for their mothers. They do however keep a close eye on me to make sure I give them their allotment of fruit with all the hay and grain they want.

The 3 bulls will remain in this barn pen until Sunday, when we will move them to the actual bull pen. The bull pen has its own barn where they can freely move in to eat, or go outside to hang out under large trees, or nibble grass around the large pasture.

 

#18 Headed To Temporary Job

We had a call from a farm near Banks in search of a loaner bull for their three cows. Our six yearling bulls were all in need of getting their identification tattoos put in their ears anyway so it was a good time to bring them all into the barn, get the tattooing completed and #18 separated from the group and into the stock trailer for a trip to another farm.

Yearling bulls locked into stanchions.One by one, I went down the line and put a halter on a bull while Mike was getting the numbers set into the crimping tool, he smeared green ink in their ears and crimped the number into each one.

The fourth bull in line was #18, Pirelli. When the others were done we moved them out of the bull pen, pulled the stock trailer up to the barn and loaded Pirelli for his trip.

Two jobs done in one day, and we have one less bull to worry about for the next couple of months.

 

Swamped

Black Angus bulls grazing in swamp.With a week of temperatures above freezing the grass in the swamp started growing.

The bulls in the bull pen had been nibbling around the edges until today when one bull decided it was time to brave the sucking mud and fill up on the delicious, tender greens in the gooiest part of the swale .

Stepping into the swamp muck, the bull was nearly eye level with his meal, and he spent over an hour gobbling every spear he could. The other bulls followed his lead  and before long the swamp was full of bull.

Current Bulls Available

Since our advertisement has been running in the Capital Press for our bulls I wanted to highlight some of them so prospective buyers have the information on each one available. These are the ones that are ready for their own herd.

SAF Blue, eartag #16, born 2-11-16 current weight 1100 lbs.

AAA Registration # 18892594 considered a ‘heifer bull’ with good EPD ratings for progeny outcomes high in maternal milk production with low birth weight and vigorous growth. Is ready to begin breeding.

SAF Pirelli, eartag # 21, born 3-26-17 current weight 900 lbs.

AAA Registration # 18892598 considered a ‘heifer bull’. EPD ratings for progeny outcomes showing low birth weights and good yearling growth weights. Mother is mild mannered and did well showing as a heifer and young cow.

SAF Respect, eartag #18, born 3-25-17 current weight 1100 lbs.

AAA Registration # 18892597  considered a ‘heifer bull’. EPD ratings with good yearling weight and high maternal milk. Mother showed as a calf with Grandmother in fairs and shows. Thick bull well muscled.

SAF Zippy, eartag #3, born 4-19-16 currently on loan to a couple of cows at a neighbor farm weighs approximately 1600lbs.

AAA Registration # 18537851 considered a ‘heifer bull’. EPDs with low birth, high yearling weight and good maternal milk. Zippy moves easily from pen to field to trailer. Has smooth gait and calm demeanor.

We also have our main herd sire available for sale.

K C Renaissance, born 1/12/14, approximately 2400 lbs. currently keeping company with our main herd of bred females.

AAA Registration #17861507,  considered a ‘heifer bull’. Very calm demeanor, he does not herd the cows but follows along as they are moving from field to field. We have used this bull for 3 years and his calves are vigorous growers with mild temperaments.