Life On & Off My Farm - Life Changes
Posted September 15, 2012 - 04:13 AM
Posted September 15, 2012 - 07:33 AM
The hot summers have taken their toll on our herd. The first hot spring/summer we lost several head of mostly older cattle that just couldn't cop with the heat. We haven't lost many at all since installing several cooling fans in thew stall barns. We prefer to raise all our replacements, but we may have to buy replacements if we are ever to get back to where we used to be. But to tell the truth, 72 milking is a good number for my son & I to manage. When you go higher, it makes things tougher. More cows=more feed=more manure=more hours. To milk more will almost demand a hired hand, which would require even more cows to afford paying him. A vicious cycle!
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Posted September 15, 2012 - 09:32 AM
This is a walk thru of the Rosendale operation Back in 2009.
This was there 2009 silage pile.
This was for only 4000 head. Last year the pile was just unbelievable in size and height.
I am going to take a ride down there this year to see what it looks like for 10,000 head.
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Posted September 15, 2012 - 12:08 PM
Posted September 16, 2012 - 07:21 AM
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.
Just got updated on your thread Daniel, darn you must sleep well when you hit the sack .
Although we are not all farmers, it would do us all good to keep your above statement in mind as we go about our day to day lives.
Posted September 16, 2012 - 08:20 AM
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Posted September 19, 2012 - 08:42 AM
Gotta go bed 96 stalls with sawdust, then de-horn & vaccinate calves after lunch. Busy day!
Posted September 21, 2012 - 10:54 AM
Posted September 21, 2012 - 11:11 AM
Posted September 22, 2012 - 07:04 AM
Update on the cows...the Johne's (pronounced Yoe- knees) cow had to be put down, along with the cow down from calving. Not a good day. The dead animal service picks them up today. $150 pickup and the cow losses. At least it's been several months since losing anything.
Back about 50 years ago my Dad and I worked on a dairy farm for a guy and if he had a cow go down like the one from calving it would be butchered and put in his freezer. He often asked my Dad if he wanted some of the meat and my Dad always politely turned down his offer.
Posted September 22, 2012 - 08:53 AM
Posted September 22, 2012 - 09:00 AM
Maybe a dumb question Dan , but if a cow goes down like that is the meat spoiled. or what do they do with it?
You can't use a downed cow for human consumption unless you butcher & eat it yourself. To sell a cow for beef, or to take it yourself to a custom slaughter house, it MUST be able to walk! An old milk cow's meat is pretty tough, and best as all hamburger, and then not the best burger. Plus when they've been down, even for a short time, they are usually bruised up badly from thrashing trying to get up.
This animal removal service ONLY takes cows that are dead, and you have to put them down yourself. Years ago some dishonest farmers started trying to claim the rendering services shot the wrong cow and collected money! So they do NOT put them down for you these days. Most goes to dog food and the like, with hides sold for leather.
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Posted September 25, 2012 - 06:15 PM
Posted September 26, 2012 - 07:00 AM
Posted September 26, 2012 - 08:02 AM
And just a while back you were praying for rain!
Isn't our weather crazy! In all fairness to Mother Nature, this field stays wet almost all the time. Must have an "oozing spring" or something. Dad had to put in a "wetland sewer" system into this field, as the old std system just didn't cut it.
Getting ready to see if we can get the combine pulled from it's "mud mooring".
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