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5 minutes ago, yellowrosefarm said:

She looks like she has enough milk for 2. A bull and heifer?

Both heifer calves.

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Been a steady calving season here so far. Been 1-2 a day since the first week of March. Started 10 days early too. Can't ask for much nicer weather now, although pretty much all of March was cold. Nights down to -30c. Had the barn full every day! Got a few different colors here again this year. Gonna be lots of nice heifers to choose from this fall to keep too!

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Wish I could have taken more pictures but I was kinda busy.

Around 900 head.

It's all about the kids.

Ain't no better way to bring them up then outside working alongside their parents

Truly a family affair!

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43 minutes ago, sandhiller said:

Wish I could have taken more pictures but I was kinda busy.

Around 900 head.

It's all about the kids.

Ain't no better way to bring them up then outside working alongside their parents

Truly a family affair!

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That’s a pretty good crowd helping there!

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1 hour ago, ihrondiesel said:

That’s a pretty good crowd helping there!

Yeah, it was a good turnout. 

I was glad to see all the wrestler's

And there was three of us cutting at all times so I didn't have to work too hard, I am tired but actually feel pretty good. 

I was worried about all the wore out parts, but they held up😂

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52 minutes ago, hardtail said:

Pallet of oysters headed @DT Fan way? 😁

For the first time in the thirty some years I have been cutting that branding, no nut bucket, no way to save the nuts😞

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5 hours ago, hardtail said:

Pallet of oysters headed @DT Fan way? 😁

 

4 hours ago, sandhiller said:

For the first time in the thirty some years I have been cutting that branding, no nut bucket, no way to save the nuts😞

Damn, and I was so looking forward to the road trip!!!

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19 hours ago, sandhiller said:

Wish I could have taken more pictures but I was kinda busy.

Around 900 head.

It's all about the kids.

Ain't no better way to bring them up then outside working alongside their parents

Truly a family affair!

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Amazingly I think I might recognize Mark Birchfield, but no one else. Not even sure it’s Mark. 

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46 minutes ago, Lazy WP said:

Amazingly I think I might recognize Mark Birchfield, but no one else. Not even sure it’s Mark. 

He was there, running a branding iron.

A lot of people I didn't know.

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Where did the cows go.................................Sandhiller is hiding them.

America’s Top 33 Beef Cow Counties | Drovers

I was pleased to read one county here in the Land of Fruits and Nuts we had a county in the top 10 back in 2017 count. Todays count say less than half the cows , considering the drought we had with 3 of the driest years ever recorded in California since 17 many of those cows will return. Not all by any means but a lot will.

😉So all of you cattle people saying we should not retain heifer, you can blame Californians for your pain again.🤣 Because I was one that had been selling cows and not retaining heifers until last year. Now in our second above normal grass year, WE ARE BUILDING BACK 😵‍💫better. 🤣 I hope my cows are improving.

 

Thanks for the pictures, Jeff.  We put a iron on a handful of late calves a week ago.

 

 

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We worked a few calves three weeks ago.  Nothing too unusual about the cattle business.  Just tryin' to keep the old ways alive for the kids. But we do keep the Vaquero traditions alive. Why get off the horse to hold the calf? So even month-old calves head 'em and heel 'em. Two grandsons learned the ways.   The littlest one tried out the squeeze chute during the action.

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Finally got our first baby of the year. Head was back, Lisa took the cow to the vet and they got it out. Then the baby didn’t want to stand, and when it did, all 4 feet “knuckled” over. 
That was Thursday evening, while I was in Idaho. Saturday morning I helped get him to nurse, but the front 2 teats had pink milk. Talked with the vet and thought maybe early signs of Mastitis? Loaded the cow up on Excede, a long lasting antibiotic. In the process of loading said cow into the squeeze chute, she decided that she was bigger than I and she was going to go where she wanted. We had a little school time and she went in. I stuck milk tubes in and totally drained her udder. Again the the front quarters were a bit pink and smelly. 
Gave the calf the back quarters in a bottle. 
This morning we were heading out to do it all over again and calf was up nursing!!

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1 hour ago, Lazy WP said:

Finally got our first baby of the year. Head was back, Lisa took the cow to the vet and they got it out. Then the baby didn’t want to stand, and when it did, all 4 feet “knuckled” over. 
That was Thursday evening, while I was in Idaho. Saturday morning I helped get him to nurse, but the front 2 teats had pink milk. Talked with the vet and thought maybe early signs of Mastitis? Loaded the cow up on Excede, a long lasting antibiotic. In the process of loading said cow into the squeeze chute, she decided that she was bigger than I and she was going to go where she wanted. We had a little school time and she went in. I stuck milk tubes in and totally drained her udder. Again the the front quarters were a bit pink and smelly. 
Gave the calf the back quarters in a bottle. 
This morning we were heading out to do it all over again and calf was up nursing!!

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Good job.  Better success then I usually would have.

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40 minutes ago, hobbyfarm said:

Good job.  Better success then I usually would have.

It was all Lisa other than my teaching respect. 

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Evening Gents

I forgot to add some pics of our return to cattle raising. Dad had cattle from before I was born in 1981. We stopped raising them somewhere around 96-98. For the last few years we talked about getting back into having animals again. We finally bit the bullet in January this year and got 3 feeders. They are in the barn for now but we are working on getting pastures set up and are working towards a small grass fed operation.

Have a good evening 

Matt

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Half done calving!! Bought 4 cows, knowing 1 was open, plus we had our original Pinzgauer, who just had a nice heifer!! 
Lisa just locked the entire bunch up where she can look out the door and see everyone. I hate being in the truck right now!!

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12 hours ago, Lazy WP said:

Half done calving!! Bought 4 cows, knowing 1 was open, plus we had our original Pinzgauer, who just had a nice heifer!! 
Lisa just locked the entire bunch up where she can look out the door and see everyone. I hate being in the truck right now!!

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Some nice looking cattle and calves you two got there Nick.

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Feeding out heifers this for year.  All animals were pregnancy checked and guaranteed open before delivery back in November.

Went out to feed this morning at 5 am and surprise, surprise!!

 Someone missed one!

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57 minutes ago, Farmerboy72 said:

Feeding out heifers this for year.  All animals were pregnancy checked and guaranteed open before delivery back in November.

Went out to feed this morning at 5 am and surprise, surprise!!

 Someone missed one!

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Are they on a hot enough ration that the baby will struggle? Last feedlot baby I bought was back in about 2009. She was EVIL from day one. Never would nurse a bottle! Fed her for nearly 2 years. HUGE carcass and was grain fed from day one. 

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21 minutes ago, Lazy WP said:

Are they on a hot enough ration that the baby will struggle? Last feedlot baby I bought was back in about 2009. She was EVIL from day one. Never would nurse a bottle! Fed her for nearly 2 years. HUGE carcass and was grain fed from day one. 

Hard to say at this point. Most times they are still born, and never had to worry about it. Got buddy of mine, his son raises calves for the feedlot, he is willing to take it off my hands.

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The grass here has got as big as it is going to get. First picture is 2 weeks ago the others are the same country yesterday. In fact the last 2 pictures are the same place as the first just taking in everything up to the top of the ridge. In a few isolated places rye grass that is ate down may regrow a bit as we got .15 inch of rain Sat. The vetch is blooming, ( dark place in center of last pic) to set seed but no more tonnage out of it.  Cows really don't like the taste at this time which is nice to let it set the seed.

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10 hours ago, ray54 said:

The grass here has got as big as it is going to get. First picture is 2 weeks ago the others are the same country yesterday. In fact the last 2 pictures are the same place as the first just taking in everything up to the top of the ridge. In a few isolated places rye grass that is ate down may regrow a bit as we got .15 inch of rain Sat. The vetch is blooming, ( dark place in center of last pic) to set seed but no more tonnage out of it.  Cows really don't like the taste at this time which is nice to let it set the seed.

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Isn’t it unusual to be that green there this time of year? 

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