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4 hours ago, WishIhada1466 said:

Thanks. Mowed hay off it last day of May. Rains have been timely for it and the cows have been on it for about a week. I need more cows as I have more grass and hay than I need but that is a good problem. You never know when a drought will show up.

Looks like it'll show up this week here. 

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I have a lot of cow pictures! I use my phone and take pictures so I can go back later and see when a calf was born, when the bull arrived, when I let them out to pasture, etc. of course I love the cow

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

I'm pretty much a big timer I now have more than 1 cattle, I have 2 now, and a goat 

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1 minute ago, 1466fan said:

Looks like it'll show up this week here. 

Forecast isn't looking favorable for rain and the rain they have been forecasting the last week has not happened. You are probably right. 

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Calves are gone as of last Thursday, sold well.

Now the work starts with the replacement hfrs to get them calm and used to my voice, scent and close presence. 

Always enjoy this as personalities come out😀

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My favorite way to make "bovine friends" is with a bushel or two of apples. No easier way to get them "eating out of your hand," Sadly, the wind knocked over my last apple tree so I'll have to buy them now.

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26A3B338-456F-4600-83C0-68098278BCD1.jpeg Here’s my late calver  was taking a pic of the calf next to the cedar on the left side. Didn’t realize until later I caught momma jumping fence. She went in with the neighbors herd for about 5 minutes then jumped back over on her own  I had to go rope her calf and throw him back over then go tighten fence  

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4 hours ago, Tmtbob said:

Didn’t realize until later I caught momma jumping fence.

That is timing😄

I had a cow once that would not calve in the calving lot. One check she would be gone, 2 or 3 days later she would come back with a new baby. Only found where she went one year. The others she had a heckuva good calving/hiding spot. 😆

 

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Wasn't due to start calving for about two weeks yet. Was hoping to get a little deeper into the haying season before they fired up. 

Guess these two thought I'd had enough lazy hazy crazy days of summer. 

So now I can add check fall cows every morning instead of sitting around wondering what to do with all my free time😁

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Dropped off some heifers in Ft. Pierre today.  They were going to be my replacements but I stumbled into a deal on some Young bred cattle I couldn’t pass up and the pencil leaned that direction. Unfortunately with as dry as it’s been  I don’t have enough grass to keep these now so to the sale they go. There was only 20 of them so i wasn’t going to drag a pot but the truck is so much nicer to pull with than my wore out pickups so that’s what I used. Virtually the same mpg too. 

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Headed to North Dakota yesterday afternoon to borrow my father in laws grain trailer... he had a bottle calf that my kids just HAD to have with mom’s backing. I had no way to haul him so I guess he hitched a ride back home in the sleeper and my wife has a nice little mess to clean up in there this morning. He rode pretty well for a 150# calf but was ready to get out by the time we got home. 

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5 hours ago, ZG6E said:

Headed to North Dakota yesterday afternoon to borrow my father in laws grain trailer... he had a bottle calf that my kids just HAD to have with mom’s backing. I had no way to haul him so I guess he hitched a ride back home in the sleeper and my wife has a nice little mess to clean up in there this morning. He rode pretty well for a 150# calf but was ready to get out by the time we got home. 

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Bet your wife was ecstatic 😬😄

If I would try to do something like that, my little 150# grass converter would have left 50# of "conversion" in the sleeper and wifey would have told me clean it yourself or sleep with it💩   😁

 

But seriously good on you and your wife for getting the calf to the kids!

Kids and bottle calves just go together and good way to teach them a good work ethic with calf chores every morning (and night)

 

Here's a couple pics of my youngest doin' chores

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3 hours ago, sandhiller said:

 

Kids and bottle calves just go together and good way to teach them a good work ethic with calf chores every morning (and night)

 

Truer words have not been said.  We have raised  several bottle calves over the years and they are great to help kids learn about day in and day out everyday living type of chores. 

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We were out cruising around in the Jeep this evening checking cows. Cows with calves and white tags are my neighbors that I take care of. Yellow tags are mine. Mine will start calving in October. Then some pictures of my replacement heifers. 

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On 7/30/2020 at 3:51 PM, sandhiller said:

Wasn't due to start calving for about two weeks yet. Was hoping to get a little deeper into the haying season before they fired up. 

Guess these two thought I'd had enough lazy hazy crazy days of summer. 

So now I can add check fall cows every morning instead of sitting around wondering what to do with all my free time😁

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Is free time really free or do you have to buy it somewhere? I need more time for all the crap i think i can handle.....not sure where to get it tho??🤔😞

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3 hours ago, new guy said:

Is free time really free or do you have to buy it somewhere? I need more time for all the crap i think i can handle.....not sure where to get it tho??🤔😞

If you find out let me know

I'm same as you, too many irons in the fire

Getting better at saying no but too used to jumping in and going when asked

Always tell the missus, "things will slow down after Monday"🙄😀😁

 

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The fun of calving on a section of hills.

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Sometimes you get lucky and see a black spot in the distance

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The dogs help alot. They know I'm looking for new babies and lot of times will smell or see them before me. They get exited and I drive the direction they are looking

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2 hours ago, sandhiller said:

The fun of calving on a section of hills.

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Sometimes you get lucky and see a black spot in the distance

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The dogs help alot. They know I'm looking for new babies and lot of times will smell or see them before me. They get exited and I drive the direction they are looking

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That's some wide open country! The dogs look like they're having a blast!

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2 minutes ago, rrr4quality said:

That's some wide open country! The dogs look like they're having a blast!

Calving 100 cows on 640ac. South half is pretty rough. Some days it can take awhile to find the new calvers. 

Dogs really love this time of year. Don't know why they get so excited with the new babies but they do. 😃

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First picture is of my fat cattle. I had an extra butcher date in November and was only going to have 1 critter in the fat pen, so the Jersey steer volunteered to keep the other one company all the way to the freezer!! 
The second is pushing cows back to the south side of the river. Probably 6 miles from Sandhiller?

Last one is a cow that had footrot. Close to 2 miles away from the corrals. I am pretty good at roping them and laying them down without anyone getting to excited. If you look in the background, there’s 2 young men who were pretty cocky at the time. Before I roped the cow, I told them they would have to hold her down and if my wife got hurt while she was giving the cow a shot I was gonna beat their butts. Their eyes got big but they were ready. 
We still laugh about it. 

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