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Re: Ask Steve Dave Farm And Cow And Ranch And Tractor And Truck Related Questions
« Reply #3775 on: February 15, 2021, 12:19:09 PM »
Probably not even an option out west. Grandpa three small but well timbered areas that all the cows spent the winter in. I guess so they could get out of the wind. It made counting them a pain in the ass


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« Reply #3776 on: February 15, 2021, 12:45:27 PM »
Cows are idiots. They get stressed by weather and start dropping calves like crazy. And they just freeze to the ground. We’ve bred out all the good survival genes in exchange for fat genes.


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Do you bring the pregger cows closer to the barn/house when you know there is going to be crappy weather that might make them pop out calves? 

There was a surprise blizzard in the 70's or 80's around this time of the year and gramp's couldn't get to his cows for a day or two. I saw a picture of the piles of dead calves.  :frown:

I assume that weather forecasting advances over the last 40 years make this less likely.

no, these aren't even within 20 miles of where that mud room is. cowboys drive them a couple times daily to see if there are any new calves. we also feed them with a feed truck this time of year. sometimes have to get a JD 9 series (big massive tractor) with a blade on the front to clear a path for the truck. and sometimes we just chain the truck to the tractor to get it out there and feed them. and sometimes we just deliver alfalfa if it gets really bad. but, there's nowhere to bring them. we would need, like, 50 barns to put them all inside somewhere.

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Re: Ask Steve Dave Farm And Cow And Ranch And Tractor And Truck Related Questions
« Reply #3777 on: February 15, 2021, 12:49:21 PM »
that's a nice baby cow, steve dave.

i was excited it wasn't a boring regular black one

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« Reply #3778 on: February 15, 2021, 05:46:09 PM »
These were the windbreaks on TomDad ranch.  Old industrial tires from Goodyear in Topeka.  Never did the cow-calf in winter thing.  Feeders in winter was enough.

Good luck to you all dealing with this next week.


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« Reply #3779 on: February 15, 2021, 05:57:24 PM »
The wife and I squeezed into the coveralls this morning and ran out to the farm to inspect and pay for the new barn lighting.  The wife has florescent orange bibs she got years ago.  I had her run in at I70 service area to grab us a breakfast burrito and some KTA snow truck Karl hits on her at the cash register saying she could ride with him in his plow in those bibs.

That's pretty much all she has talked about all day...

At least the barn is well lit when I end up living in it.


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Re: Ask Steve Dave Farm And Cow And Ranch And Tractor And Truck Related Questions
« Reply #3780 on: February 15, 2021, 06:01:56 PM »
lmao

Great looking place!


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Re: Ask Steve Dave Farm And Cow And Ranch And Tractor And Truck Related Questions
« Reply #3781 on: February 15, 2021, 06:15:18 PM »
Can't wait to see what Tom fills that barn up with! (Probably JD tractors)

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« Reply #3782 on: February 15, 2021, 06:36:58 PM »
Can't wait to see what Tom fills that barn up with! (Probably JD tractors)
Do you guys want to put an over/under on how fast i fill it up?


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« Reply #3783 on: February 15, 2021, 06:45:38 PM »
Tom, that was a great story that made me chuckle and smile.  Thank you for that.
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Re: Ask Steve Dave Farm And Cow And Ranch And Tractor And Truck Related Questions
« Reply #3784 on: February 15, 2021, 07:51:16 PM »
how will that baby cow find it’s mom after this cold weather?  do they smell butts like dogs or do they just not care about the mommy cow/baby cow bond because too dumb?


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« Reply #3785 on: February 15, 2021, 07:56:13 PM »
how will that baby cow find it’s mom after this cold weather?  do they smell butts like dogs or do they just not care about the mommy cow/baby cow bond because too dumb?
If it’s a 24 hour warm up it should be easy to put them back together. They do smell each other or something. Not 100% sure.


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« Reply #3786 on: February 17, 2021, 08:13:43 AM »
how will that baby cow find it’s mom after this cold weather?  do they smell butts like dogs or do they just not care about the mommy cow/baby cow bond because too dumb?
Sometimes my dad will sprinkle a chowder from the vet on the baby calf to get the cow to claim it. I've heard of taking the hide from a calf that died and tying it on the back of the calf that you want the momma cow to claim - don't know if it works or not. Some cows just have a better maternal instinct than others.

My dad's cows are starting to hatch out their baby calves this week. One froze to death before he could get in warmed up. He has a special warming box in the the shop to get them reheated. Their fur has zero insulation value when it is wet with afterbirth. Brutal week for cowpeople and their cows.

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Re: Ask Steve Dave Farm And Cow And Ranch And Tractor And Truck Related Questions
« Reply #3787 on: February 17, 2021, 08:24:51 AM »

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Re: Ask Steve Dave Farm And Cow And Ranch And Tractor And Truck Related Questions
« Reply #3790 on: February 20, 2021, 05:40:56 PM »
https://www.agriculture.com/news/business/farmland-insider-kansas-auction-of-10900-acres-sells-for-38-million

yeah, land is wild. that's exactly what you get in Meade right there. and it is as garbage as not officially desert land gets.

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Re: Ask Steve Dave Farm And Cow And Ranch And Tractor And Truck Related Questions
« Reply #3791 on: February 20, 2021, 08:53:01 PM »
Part of me thinks they just bought it for the water rights but another part of me thinks this is another example of brrrt and people have to spend money on something.

Probably a lil of both...but I'm just a city boy who stands to inherit a cat ranch.

Can't wait to go in depth on my dad's plans for our land in 2021. I still don't know the full plan because it changes every couple of months but as of now it involves him managing the irrigated circle and contracting out the work. Then leasing out some pasture to be broken out and renting some pasture as is. Maybe some CRP as well but that's confusing as F and we have got conflicting info from different government agencies.

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« Reply #3792 on: February 20, 2021, 11:07:08 PM »
https://www.agriculture.com/news/business/farmland-insider-kansas-auction-of-10900-acres-sells-for-38-million
There was a Russian who was bidding on whole farm. The locals were bidding it up to keep him out ( or so I was told). Same guy has bought a lot of land of out that way lately.

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