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New guy from NW kansas

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:29 pm
by dng007
Hello everyone.
My name is mike im 17 from Nortwest Kansas
I have a farming background with no-till corn wheat milo beans some hay but we only did that for 2 years
I have no cattlemen background
I am in FFA no 4-h
My grand father used to do cattle and hes is going to help me
I plan on this spring after school(mid May) to start his farm back up.
He is going to help with some of it but he is not in the state of being there all the time due to health.
Basically what i need is some pointers to start the ball rolling down the hill.
I have a barn, and i think somewhere around 40 ac. of pasture that is connected to the barn

as for feed medicine CATTLE i have no idea where to begin where to look who to ask ect.

again i am basically starting from scratch looking for advice


Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:44 pm
by Scotty
Don't skimp on minerals and herd health program. Quality of cattle is better than quantity. I would get cross bred cows and use Angus bulls.


Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 4:06 pm
by dng007
that what we were planning...i think he said Second Calf Cow Black Angus ...

What does Second Calf Cow means?


Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 4:46 pm
by warpaint
Means a cow that has had two calves. Welcome to the boards.

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:46 pm
by dng007
Thanks, and happy to be here i know i am going to learn something

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:17 pm
by VanC
Glad to have you!!

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:39 pm
by Susie David some of the past posts and just about any subject that you can think of will have a wealth of comments and information attached. DMc

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 5:39 am
by Calman
Welcome Mike I myself have crossbred cows and an angus bull.
you will hear several different opinions of what cattle to raise here. but thats just what makes this place so great.Just take all the info,evaluate it,listen to Grandpa,and then make your decission. You'll do just fine. been doing it for some time and still learning everyday.Don't get discourged.raising cattle is a school of hard knocks, but you learn from your mistakes and it's very rewarding.
It still makes me feel good to see the ol mamma standing peacefully chewing her cud,giving berth to a calf, and the little calfs running and playing in the pasture.
We have 6 new youngins and 28 more to and the wife look forward to our morning coffe and looking out across the pasture to see if we have any new youngins.

I could ramble on and on but looks like i already did.

Good luck to you. Cal

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:15 pm
by dng007
thanks to you all and everyone that will eventually help me

thanks again

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:13 am
by ctlbaron
You will find good advice from some of the good cattlemen (and women) on the board.

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:08 am
by Diehard40
Contact your county extension agent
they are a great source