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Posted February 03, 2016 - 04:38 PM

Brad, the owner of the 25 heifers I'm feeding wanted to do a preg check this week and was supposed to let me know at least 24hrs prior.  He called this morning & wanted to do it today.  So had to spend most the day getting them all caught (well, most are caught) for a 3pm check.  Well, it's 4:36 and he's still not here.  The sun will set in a bit over an hour, so he better hurry.  If he doesn't make it, I'm gonna be ticked!


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Posted February 03, 2016 - 04:41 PM

 

I'm gonna be ticked!

 

I'd be too!  One my pet pievs someone say they are going to do something and doesn't follow through.


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Posted February 03, 2016 - 05:28 PM

He says he's still coming and may have to finish by flashlight. I'm still not happy, but better than just having to let them go.
My downed heifer wouldn't even try a little to stand since morning. Limp like a wet rag. I put her down.
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Posted February 03, 2016 - 06:51 PM

Sorry to hear about both issue. On a lighter note, we'll be down tomorrow morning w/twins maybe get a chance to stop in an see you.
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Posted February 03, 2016 - 06:54 PM

I hate waiting on people.
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Posted February 03, 2016 - 07:25 PM

...My downed heifer wouldn't even try a little to stand since morning. Limp like a wet rag. I put her down.

 

Don't they call that veal?


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Posted February 03, 2016 - 07:38 PM

Just got in, and hands are COLD!  Couldn't write down stuff easy with gloves on.  Now it looks like I gotta try getting them in tomorrow afternoon in the other side, as I want to go ahead & sell several heifers before the expected milk price drop.  If I can't get them over tomorrow, then I'll have to wait till next week.  I have a lawyer's appointment in the morning, so gonna be a busy busy day.


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Posted February 03, 2016 - 08:12 PM

The reason I need to hurry & sell the heifers pregnant around 5 months or more is because milk prices are expected to plummet in the next month or 2.  That sometimes leads to heifers bringing more due to dairies forced to milk more to make enough to meet expenses.  But I think what it means this time is more dairies will call it quits, so more animals will be on the market which will weaken prices.  I want to beat the surge.  


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Posted February 03, 2016 - 09:27 PM

Sorry you lost the struggler, hope things smooth out. Prices could be rough this year as you say and I too fear many will give up and then we will be at the mercy of the BIG ones left, kinda like Walmart pushing locals out...


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Posted February 04, 2016 - 09:25 AM

Won't be getting the heifers back up today.  Dad needs me to drive him to his heart Dr appointment.  First I go finish my will at the lawyer's office, then come get Dad.  So today is pretty full.  Dad always wants to go out to eat everytime he goes to an appointment, so being his appointment is 12:30, we'll be eating a bit later than normal.

 I'm just skipping feeding silage to those heifers today so they will be eager tomorrow to go to the other lot where I can corral & separate them.


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Posted February 04, 2016 - 11:55 AM

The best way to move/handle cows is with a feed bucket. Saves wear and tear on everybody.


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Posted February 04, 2016 - 05:06 PM

Dad's EKG was fine, and his blood pressure was great.  They put him on an inhaler to see if it helped with his shortness of breath.  Skipped silage for the heifers I need to separate tomorrow.  It's a pretty sure bet they will go right to the other side of feeders tomorrow.  


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Posted February 04, 2016 - 05:25 PM

thats the ones thing about heifers they are a pain im about done with help my grandpa getting them in are trailer to take them to the bucher for are winter meat but i can't stop
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Posted February 04, 2016 - 11:18 PM

thats the ones thing about heifers they are a pain im about done with help my grandpa getting them in are trailer to take them to the bucher for are winter meat but i can't stop

Heifers are easy, pigs are far worse.


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Posted February 05, 2016 - 06:53 AM

Heifers are easy, pigs are far worse.
Yup they are if you don't have the proper set up or in a hurry...

Beef... Thats what's for dinner!! You can keep them dairy critters.... Or hamburger meat...... They are wayyyy To much trouble... Especially when your held hostage to the bigger guys....

The government loves this, its alot easier to police a few big guys rather than ALL the little guys and big guys... Not right by me... But this is how it is...
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