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I cant remember if there has ever been a thread for pictures of cattle but I think there ought to be. I dont have many on my phone but I'll throw up what I do have. 

 

First one is my prize red heifer out of one of my favorite cows. 

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Getting some of the replacement heifers cake broke and gentled.

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First calf of the year last fall.

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Gathering to wean last spring.

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I'll try to remember to get some more pictures when working cows but its usually one of the last things in my mind.

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Our first calf born on our place last October. It was a long time coming starting from scratch but things are coming together. 

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Neighbors cows that I take care of as well as my heifers enjoying last weeks polar vortex.

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Last calf out of my heifers. Momma wasn't to keen on nursing but she came around now she is a great mother.

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Heifers with our little girl shortly after we bought them. 

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700 bred cows we trailed 15 miles to calving pasture when I worked on a Ranch in Nebraska. That's me on the palomino.

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Wife treating a calf for me in Nebraska

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Feeding calves in Nebraska

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Loading out fats in Nebraska.

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700 cows.  Damn. So out there can you guys crow corn and beans or is it to dry.  Do you just make hay on rangeland or do you have some actual fields,  might seem like stupid questions but I’m from an area where we have 70 inches of rain and we farm around houses and people everywhere.  You guys are really blessed to live in such a wide open area with such beautiful views.  

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4 minutes ago, Bdse25 said:

700 cows.  Damn. So out there can you guys crow corn and beans or is it to dry.  Do you just make hay on rangeland or do you have some actual fields,  might seem like stupid questions but I’m from an area where we have 70 inches of rain and we farm around houses and people everywhere.  You guys are really blessed to live in such a wide open area with such beautiful views.  

I'm back in the hills of Missouri now but I lived in northeast Nebraska for awhile. We pastured most of the 1000 pairs 1-2 hours west of the main farm and feedlot in the edge of the sandhills. Brought them home in the fall and to the calving pastures in February.  Then out to pasture when calving was done. Raised corn soybeans and hay back on the home place. Mostly all center pivot irrigated. Weaned calves and fattened our own and bought calves for our 1000 head feedyard. Feedyard was one of my responsibilities as I lived there. That's how things were done there. Around where I live now in this area of Missouri pastures and hay ground are mixed with woods and are considerably smaller patches but it is definitely cattle country just a different way than Nebraska.

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11 minutes ago, Bdse25 said:

700 cows.  Damn. So out there can you guys crow corn and beans or is it to dry.  Do you just make hay on rangeland or do you have some actual fields,  might seem like stupid questions but I’m from an area where we have 70 inches of rain and we farm around houses and people everywhere.  You guys are really blessed to live in such a wide open area with such beautiful views.  

Where I'm at anyway most all corn, alfalfa or "crops" is under pivot irrigation. 21" average annual rainfall. Native hay put up on wet meadows, we live on top of the Ogallala aquifer. People? Cherry Co. Ne. has more cows than people! I think we are still less than one person per square mile. Was featured in the book "Miles from Nowhere". 

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2 minutes ago, sandhiller said:

Where I'm at anyway most all corn, alfalfa or "crops" is under pivot irrigation. 21" average annual rainfall. Native hay put up on wet meadows, we live on top of the Ogallala aquifer. People? Cherry Co. Ne. has more cows than people! I think we are still less than one person per square mile. Was featured in the book "Miles from Nowhere". 

I wish.  We drive sprayers and tractors down 6 lane highways with wall to wall rush our traffic.  We all live within a few minutes of Allentown which is a lousy excuse of a city. (So lousy billy Joel wrote a song about it) 

Back to Nebraska.  I hear a lot about that aquafir going dry,   Is that something you natives actually worry about or just some more end of the world global warming Mumbo jumbo?

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26 minutes ago, Bdse25 said:

Back to Nebraska.  I hear a lot about that aquafir going dry,   Is that something you natives actually worry about or just some more end of the world global warming Mumbo jumbo?

It isn't quite as hyped up as the whole global warming deal but still a concern.  

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11 minutes ago, nc1112 said:

It isn't quite as hyped up as the whole global warming deal but still a concern.  

Interesting.  So is there dry land wheat out there then., canola, durum.  And just cause I find this really interesting, when you farm a pivot do you farm in a circle or just like a normal square field?

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........raise  about 150 beef/dairy cross calves......from 5 to 7 days old...although  being given a hard time by Ministry Of Primary Industries......  they decided  that some calves had come from a farm which had /has the new to NZ   ....Mycoplasma Bovis....... made life very difficult for seven or eight months

..Like the raised calves.....they are very quiet...no yellow prodders  needed, Sandhill !!!!!!

...picture of one trying my battered  Stetson   for comfort.......

Mike

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5 hours ago, ZachGrant said:

cant remember if there has ever been a thread for pictures of cattle but

When I was growing up on the farm at Lake Park, IA we used to feed/fatten steers and then truck them to market at the Sioux City stockyards.  We also bought replacement steers there from the "sandhills" of Nebraska.

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9 hours ago, Bdse25 said:

 And just cause I find this really interesting, when you farm a pivot do you farm in a circle or just like a normal square field?

Crops would be just like a square field with the end rows around the outside in a circle. To hay it you cut around in a circle, so you aren't bouncing over the rough pivot tire tracks all the time. 

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5 hours ago, mike_newman said:

....Mycoplasma Bovis..

We had a scare here a few years back with one ranch testing positive for MB. As far as I remember he got it cleared up and no one else tested positive for it. 

5 hours ago, mike_newman said:

no yellow prodders  needed, Sandhill !!!!!!

Good for you, keep it that way!

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I am on an irrigation project here in western South Dakota... I believe there are about 60,000 irrigated acres under two canals coming out of Orman Dam. When it was built (early 1900s) it was the largest earthen dam in the country or world- cant remember which. Once you leave the irrigation project it is strictly cattle country with less than 16" of annual precipitation.  On the project there are rowcrops (corn and beans), alfalfa, annual forages, and wheat. I farm and hay pivots just like a square field and close my pivot tracks each fall so they aren't too rough when driving across them- but I flood irrigate the corners so the field remains square and not a circle.. On heavier ground here where pivots make bad tracks guys will cut hay in a circle.

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Its pretty easy to pick the irrigation project out from the air. Orman dam where our irrigation water comes from is on the west side of the picture.

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11 hours ago, mike_newman said:

........raise  about 150 beef/dairy cross calves......from 5 to 7 days old...although  being given a hard time by Ministry Of Primary Industries......  they decided  that some calves had come from a farm which had /has the new to NZ   ....Mycoplasma Bovis....... made life very difficult for seven or eight months

..Like the raised calves.....they are very quiet...no yellow prodders  needed, Sandhill !!!!!!

...picture of one trying my battered  Stetson   for comfort.......

Mike

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Isn’t that some pretty country....

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Just some random pics here. A bottle calf or two, some weaned calves in the lot. The lovely lady is a vet trimming my cows hooves down with a 4” grinder. She did a good job. I had one cow that had to be trimmed so she could get around. I wound up raising one more calf out of her and she turned into 1 lb packages. The other lovely lady is my daughter, that has absolutely no fear of animals. Kinda scary when you think about it. 

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I didn't think I had much for pictures of the cows. Turns out theres almost as many as sledding pics, so I must like the cows quite a bit lol. Here's some of my favorites from the last few years

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Just some random ones.  I just figured out I must like taking pictures of the cows. Went about 4 or 5 years without any just selling hay. Started buying back a couple of years ago. 

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How about some show cattle pics?

This one was taken back in September when we got these two steers. Last weekend at cattle weigh-in the white steer was 1005lbs and the black steer weighed 940lbs. They are both to be shown for our county fair  

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23 minutes ago, Big Bud guy said:

Maybe that’s our problem. We are trying to farm on 14” of annual precip.

I should add that the precip is coupled with poor ground. It's either so sandy it doesn't hold water or such bad gumbo it dries out hard as concrete. 

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