Life On & Off My Farm - Life Changes
Posted September 11, 2012 - 03:43 PM
Today was hoof trimming day. I trimmed the 11 most needing to be trimmed, plus the bull had an exposed ulcer on the back of his right front hoof. This is hard work, but has to be done. I will do more another day, as we have hay to roll tomorrow, and many other things to tend to.
Here is #212 with some overgrown hooves.
Same hoof "Before":
Same hoof "After". Could use a little more, but you can't take too much at one time.
One of #212's Back hooves and her on the table:
Same hoof "After". This hoof is deformed, and never can be made perfect, but she can walk comfortably if kept trimmed.
And the most nerve wracking to get into the trim table....the BULL! He did not want to cooperate, so I was ready to climb the walls! He finally went in though.
Now to go feed silage & check the electric fence.
Posted September 11, 2012 - 08:16 PM
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- powerking56 said thank you
Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:13 PM
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Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:31 PM
Will this give you enough to make it through the winter and spring? Sure looks like pretty country up that way.
Oh yes, we don't depend heavily on hay like we do on silage. We have plenty of both now! Just wish we had more corn for grain. We'll shell the 38 or so acres of corn in about 2 weeks. I figure 80bu/acre tops, or about 1/2 the corn we feed in a year. That means purchasing about 3500bu of corn at almost $8/bu. $28,000.00 direct loss due to the dry year just in corn losses. Could be worse, as it is for many farmers, so I feel pretty blessed at this point.
Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:35 PM
Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:40 PM
Farm life is hard enough even without having to fight Mother Nature but then all farmers have to be weather watchers just to adjust your priorities. Most that can happen weatherwise to me is I get hot or cold walking to the shop.
Edited by GTTinkerer, September 12, 2012 - 07:50 PM.
Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:46 PM
Posted September 12, 2012 - 08:10 PM
Good to hear you can salvage a decent hay crop from this dry year. Those bales must be pretty heavy.
Right around 1,000lbs each.
Posted September 13, 2012 - 05:54 AM