- Jeanne - Simme Valley
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As I buyer, you need to learn how to visually analyze the body condition of cattle. Were you able to see how thin they are before everyone told you?
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=ca ... &FORM=IGRE
Please take the time to look at this site & try to analyze and compare where your animals fit into the BCS.
Hard to tell with pictures, but to me they look like a BCS of 2
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In my opinion, right now free choice hay, preferably just a good grass hay would do them a world of good. Maybe a square bale or 2 of alfalfa for extra protein but not too much or you could cause other problems with them getting too much rich feed when their systems are not used to it. I mean as much grass hay as they can/will eat. They need to get filled up and get their gut tract in good working order and in a month they will look way different and start to put on weight. But there is no reason to keep feeding them if any are not pregnant.
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Lrj505 wrote:Pasture November 15- March 15 on dormant alfalfa grass field. My dad has 1000 acre farm. So feed cost me about $1.00 a day a cow a day. I really appreciate the help. My dads a great farmer horrible cowboy. So let the calves get to about 500 pounds , and sell everything and buy younger stock?
Depends. Lot of times it's better to wean at about 350. Your gonna sell the cow to. You want to do it before she loses condition.
You can usually make a pretty good profit doing this. As long as you have good grass. And sometimes you get lucky and find a diamond in the rough.
You can all go to he// . I'll go to Texas.
- Workinonit Farm
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As for the cows in the pictures, I see nothing wrong with them that some groceries can't fix. They may very well be pregnant. Keep them, calve them out, see how they do as they go along, if need be, wean calves a bit early, while cows are looking decent, sell cows and put $$$ towards a few more.