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New guy from NW kansas
Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:29 pm
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
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
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
Means a cow that has had two calves. Welcome to the boards.
Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:46 pm
Thanks, and happy to be here i know i am going to learn something
Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:17 pm
Glad to have you!!
Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:39 pm
Welcome...read 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
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 go.me 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
thanks to you all and everyone that will eventually help me
Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:13 am
You will find good advice from some of the good cattlemen (and women) on the board.
Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:08 am
Contact your county extension agent
they are a great source