Harvest Day At The Farm

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On the farm we tend and nurture registered Black Angus cattle. We raise future herd sires from newborns, with the help our our outstanding mamma cows, to productive young males ready to service a herd of their own. We control the heifer side of equation, by picking and choosing the correct mix for of healthy females to keep for our farm and those to sell. These females will carry on the process of becoming producing mothers for the next generations both on our farm and for those farms who purchase animals from us. Although it is not our main business here on the farm, we also have animals strictly for meat production. Continue reading

A Little About Green Weaners

I have had some questions about the weaner clips that we use for our calves.

Ours happen to be a green color while the newer version is a nice bright yellow that is easier to spot both on the calves and when we are trying to locate them in the cow cupboard. When we first bought the weaning clips we ordered ten of them so we could wean ten calves at a time. Over the course of at least eight years, we broke one when the plastic became brittle and one when we dropped it on the ground and drove over it (I would say bright yellow is a great choice). Needless to say, they are very durable.

These cool little nose clips are easy to insert without any discomfort for the calf. Once inserted a small wing nut ensures that the clips stay in place. The calves are unable to nurse while the clips are in but they are able to eat grain, apples, and drink water with ease. The cows are able to dry up from not being nursed while they are right next to their baby, the mother can comfort her baby by licking and close contact.

The result is no bellowing from the cows or the calves, no pacing, jumping or running through fences. No animals in distress and no need to play loud music in an effort to drown out all the crying from both sides of the river. This is the only way we wean now, it has made for a smooth transition for the cattle and humans alike.

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Crossing Paths

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We were on our way across the river to feed the main herd their evening meal when Mike noticed a small herd of about twenty elk in the far, far field. Not willing to let resting elk lay, he whistled and hollered at them to get out of our field. They did move but they did not run away. Mike had started a wild critter stampede. Continue reading

When Things Go Wonky

This is a continuation of the post from 5/29/2019 titled, Ya Just Never Know.

So I told you about moving the main herd out of our way after ear tagging some of the older calves and the fun time we had taking out the irrigation line with the mess of digging a trench to bury a new PVC line.

We had anticipated the cows would be able to graze for five to seven days without running out of grass or new growth on the under brush surrounding the far field, but things did not start out well. We were surprised when after only one day over there, one cow had figured out how to escape from one side of the fence to the other. She was making trails, leaving plops and eating as much tall grass as she could in the small 6 acre hay field while her herd mates hollered at her from across the fence. We had to coax her from the 6 acre field into the 26 acre field and across the expanse of that field and open up the ‘run’ made with temporary electric fencing so we could open the gate and let her back in with her herd. Continue reading

Bulls In Barn

Bulls in barnOur group of six yearling bulls that have been spending most of their time, lounging and growing in the bull pen pastures were rounded up and moved into the show barn to be sorted.

#26, Mud Dauber, now sixteen months old had been picked to be sold and we needed to sort him from all of his cousins so the new owner could pick him up. This crop of bulls are pretty docile and it was no problem to open the bull pen gate and let them into the green pasture that is usually held for the critters from the show barn. Continue reading

The Temp In The Back Of The Field

Electric fence in fieldFencing has been the big priority over the last couple of weeks. Elk damage, storm related breaks from falling tree debris, and basic maintenance has been keeping us busy. Anytime that it is not raining, we are out along the lines securing areas for the cattle.

This temporary electrified fence across the back of the hay field has several purposes,

  • Creates a barrier to keep the main herd out of the hay field until the grass is ripe enough to cut for hay in June (the hay field is on the left, grazing area on the right).
  • The sweeping curve of the fence cuts off the more challenging terrain of the field including old stumps, deep impressions from decaying root systems and a large swamp/swale area (avoiding obstacles that damage or sink hay equipment).
  • Gives an extra five acres of forage area for the main herd while the hay field is out of commission for forage.

Once the hay has been taken off the field, the cattle will once again have access to the area and will be in charge of cleaning up the corners and any hay bits that remain after harvest. I call them my four-legged gleaning crew.



If He Only Knew

Jackson our ‘wild child’ dog is able to wait patiently when he knows that it will be soon time for us to start up the Gator for chores, especially when it’s feeding time.

Black and white dog in cargo bed of Gator.If he only knew that mere feet below his snout, a black kitten was also waiting for the signal for dinner time to begin on the farm.

The kitten was waiting as patiently as the dog, and knows what is coming since the order of mealtime is run in a pattern.

The motor of the Gator starting sends cattle, dogs and cats into frenzied anticipation with copious amounts of saliva as they anticipate their upcoming meal. (Come to think of it, my tummy starts rumbling about that time of day knowing that our dinner time follows the critters meals.)