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#6451 olcowhand OFFLINE  

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Posted September 14, 2015 - 07:18 PM

Today was a mixed day.  Grandparent's Day at school for lunch, then chainsawed a fencerow getting thick with cedars.  Then weed eated around the house.  Tomorrow I'm cutting the last cutting of the alfalfa.  I'm waiting near to frost time to cut the last of the Sudex.  It's finally growing after getting rain.  If I don't cut the alfalfa immediately, I'll need to wait till at or after a killing frost.  Best now so it will have some regrowth time to put more nutrients into the roots.  Supposed to be sunny and 80 or so through Friday.


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Posted September 15, 2015 - 03:11 PM

Long day, but productive.  I've been cutting hay all day.  I walked into the Sudex a ways & seen it was taller than I thought, so it got cut too.  It will likely make another late cutting, but this is the last of the alfalfa this year.

 

Alfalfa field cutting.  Alfalfa stand is weak, but hoping it comes out better come spring.

 

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The Sudex field.  This is the weaker part of the field stand.  Much was 4 feet tall, so would have been way too stemmy if I waited for a few weeks.  Will already outdo last cutting for sure.  :thumbs:

 

Tomorrow Teresa has a Dr checkup, so we'll just let the hay cure tomorrow.  May roll Thursday, at least I think the alfalfa will.  I can get it all rolled by Friday easily.

 

Teresa is helping grade apples at our neighbor's orchard for a couple weeks or however long they need her.  We were both busy since morning, but as I walked from the barn from parking the tractor & discbine, she pulled up the drive.  Time to rest a bit.

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Posted September 15, 2015 - 03:25 PM

Nice to just grab equipment and go. Rather than work on the equipment for days before hand!
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Posted September 15, 2015 - 03:38 PM

Nice to just grab equipment and go. Rather than work on the equipment for days before hand!

 

YES IT IS Craig...yes it is!  :thumbs:  :thumbs:  :thumbs:  :thumbs:


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Posted September 15, 2015 - 06:09 PM

Glad you got all that ready to bail! Hay is a premium product when you have none!


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Posted September 15, 2015 - 06:17 PM

Yep nothing worse than having to fix something so you can go tear it up.


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Posted September 15, 2015 - 07:24 PM

Had to make a quick run to Teresa's Dad's.  One of his beef cows had a calf & wouldn't tend it.  So he gave it to Teresa, as he doesn't want to bottle feed it, plus he hasn't a good place to stall it.  The beef herd is now up to 3 head! There is one dairy heifer blind in one eye, so really the count is 4.  Just got the calf home & it took down a whole bottle of milk.  I gave it a shot of broad spectrum antibiotic "Nuflor" to help it with any bugs it might have or get, plus it helps with stress.  Already had some fly spray mix in a gallon sprayer, so treated the pen and the calf.  Naval sprayed with iodine spray too.   Should have it off to a good start.  :thumbs:


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Posted September 16, 2015 - 02:17 AM

How long do you bottle feed calves? The longest we ever bottle fed a calf was 3 weeks. Typically, we let the dairy calves suck the colostrum, then started them on a pail. The folks never owned a bottle or nipple pail.
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Posted September 16, 2015 - 05:06 AM

Glad to hear the herd is growing, though slowly.


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Posted September 16, 2015 - 07:36 AM

How long do you bottle feed calves? The longest we ever bottle fed a calf was 3 weeks. Typically, we let the dairy calves suck the colostrum, then started them on a pail. The folks never owned a bottle or nipple pail.

When I fed them I trained them to pail in less than a week. I hate filling bottles.
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Posted September 16, 2015 - 08:37 AM

Well, the calf we fed so long was an orphan a friend gave my daughter at an age of 2 1/2 weeks.  She bottle fed him another 3 days before she switched to a pail.  Took 3 days before the little gaffer was recognizing the pail and coming to be fed.

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Posted September 16, 2015 - 08:42 AM

Cool deal on the hay and calf. At least there is no rain predicted until Saturday


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Posted September 16, 2015 - 07:02 PM

Long day!  First went to local hardware for a new toilet flapper, then to tax office, then to hospital for insurance paper work.  Teresa had a Dr checkup, and blood tests all showed pretty good.  Then lunch & home.  Bush hogged a small lot before unhooking the 10' bush hog from the 1130 Massey.  Then unhooked the batwing mower from the 2745 Massey & put to the roll baler.  Then hooked the rake to the MF 1100 and went to rake the alfalfa.  Surprisingly it was ready to bale even though just cut yesterday, but it was light after all.  Then I started rolling & finished at 7pm.  Just 21 rolls.  Had a couple issues baling, but not bad.  Then we rode the Bota UTV to check on all the heifers, and all is good.  The new Angus calf is doing great, taking a bottle down with speed.

  Tomorrow morning I have to grind a load of calf feed, then if it's still dew wet, we'll haul in the 21 rolls before tedding the Sudex.  It won't bale till Friday.  We do still have 2 small patches of grass/alfalfa hay to rake & roll too.  It will roll tomorrow, but won't be but 5 rolls total.  The dry spell really hurt it.  I predict the Sudex to make 25 rolls, maybe 30.


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Posted September 16, 2015 - 07:14 PM

I'm just glad you can add to the total hay rolls! Good to hear Teresa's test came back okay! Tell her Hi!


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Posted September 17, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Feed ground & unloaded into feeder, tarp rolled back on hay stack, 2 low tires aired up, everything greased, and got the 21 rolls in & stacked.  Break for lunch, then rake.  Dad is tedding the Sudex now.  I think he was afraid I'd finish it before he got any seat time, but I made sure he had some work to do.  The Sudex just might do to roll by late afternoon.

 

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