Spring time on grass

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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat May 12, 2018 9:54 am

Lazy M wrote:Nice cattle. I don't think I've ever seen more info written on ear tags!

Date born (month & day) - Sire - calf's tattoo number (which represents the dams ID & the year letter)
Heifer calves are tagged red in left ear - males yellow in right ear.
When people walk around the pastures, they don't need me to hold their hand for info. Pretty clear. Although, I am a detail/data nut and I always have a typed spreadsheet for people to carry around with them. LOL
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby jscunn » Sun May 13, 2018 9:57 am

beautiful grass and cattle. I like the executive order calf.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby gcreekrch » Sun May 13, 2018 1:05 pm

Top form Jeanne. Do you struggle with keeping copper levels in line? Only asking because of the red tinge to the black calf.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun May 13, 2018 3:14 pm

Many of the Simmental black calves are "off" colored until they lose their baby hair. Some are hard to tell if they are red or black, except they have the jet black around their eyes, muzzle, feet & end of tail. Some calves are a nice jet black, and they are usually homo black. But, yes, copper is deficient like many minerals around here & it is supplemented in their free choice mineral. Everything is still winter "woolly" .
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby gcreekrch » Mon May 14, 2018 8:43 am

This area is so high in Molybdenum that we are feeding a near toxic level of Copper to offset it. Since we started using a custom mix mineral built for our specific operation, health and conception have greatly improved.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Mon May 14, 2018 10:21 am

People do not realize how important the minerals are for the health & reproduction of the cattle.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby True Grit Farms » Mon May 14, 2018 2:04 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:People do not realize how important the minerals are for the health & reproduction of the cattle.


I hear that all the time Jeanne, but I sure don't see it. My neighbors only put out mineral blocks, and have no vaccination programs. They seem to have very few problems of any kind for some reason, and it's a good thing because it's a rodeo whenever I haul cows for them. I feel their culling practices fix their lack of cattle husbandry. One neighbor has been doing it that way for 60+ years, and he let's me know that whenever I suggest we worm or spray his cows for flies. He just gets up wind and throws some sevin dust and hope it lands on the cows for flies.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby elkwc » Mon May 14, 2018 5:25 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:People do not realize how important the minerals are for the health & reproduction of the cattle.


I agree. We used to put out blocks only. White, brown and yellow. Starting almost 2 years ago we started using a loose mineral also. I have seen an overall improvement in health and fertility and breed back. We gave multi min last year to all the cows and the calves when worked and when weaned. Not sure if we will this year or not. But convince the loose mineral has really helped. Trying to decide if we are going to use a mineral with the fly control in it or not. Not convinced it helped much last year. And whether it is IGR or the Amaferm it is considerably higher. May just go with a solid loose mineral and use other fly control this year.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Mon May 14, 2018 5:55 pm

People complain about flies out here - but, they don't know what a fly problem is. I lived in Kansas for 12 years. We had FLIES!!!! I don't really do anything for fly control out here. We used to hang "bullets" in front of our mineral feeders, but just don't see the need. Yes, we have flies, but nothing compared to other parts of the country.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Mon May 14, 2018 6:02 pm

The absence of something needed is hard to determine like mineral.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby True Grit Farms » Mon May 14, 2018 6:15 pm

We have a major fly problem this year, never seen them this bad. Using medicated mineral, Ultra Sabre and spraying with a permethrin mix has only slowed the flies down temporarily. We're putting Bayer insecticide ear tags in asap, and pouring them with a ultra boss home brew. If the results aren't satisfactory I'm going back to using cheap pour on wormer for my fly control. I can't handle seeing a cloud of flies bothering the cattle.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby Franke » Tue May 15, 2018 9:32 pm

Very nice!! Pays to Believe is a really nice bull.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed May 16, 2018 11:14 am

Yes, he is. I just bred another one to him this morning. I don't know if he "needs" a stout big cow to match with or if he has enough on his own. I've been told Innocent Man will give you the right kind, but he needs a stout cow to get any size out of the calves. Frosty is looking like she will make it into our showstring.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby artesianspringsfarm » Wed May 16, 2018 12:51 pm

It finally happened way up here in the north too Jeanne! Happiest day of the year for both farmer and cow in the great white north.
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Re: Spring time on grass

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed May 16, 2018 4:33 pm

Great to hear that. I am on my 6th paddock right now. They are extremely happy cows. Lawn is getting out of control.
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