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Re: Starting my herd

Postby Rafter S » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:12 am

Bfields30 wrote:
Rafter S wrote:Keep loose mineral and loose salt out year-round. If you can find it, get EDDI salt. It has iodine added to help prevent foot rot (and I know from personal experience that it works). As others have said, you don't necessarily need to put out feed as long as there's plenty of grass, but it's a good idea to feed them once or twice a week to keep them gentle and easy to catch.
can I just put the mineral and salt in a small trough separately


Probably so. I didn't mention it earlier, but I assume you have a place to put it out of the rain? If not, they make some divided feeders that sit on the ground, with a rubber flap the cattle lift up to get at the salt and mineral that work pretty good.
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Re: Starting my herd

Postby SchenkAngusFarm » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:23 pm

Make sure you have good fencing!

Good luck! And always post here with questions. There are always good people on here willing to help out.
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Re: Starting my herd

Postby Son of Butch » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:05 pm

Bfields30 wrote:How many square bales = a round bale ??

Usual range is 15-25 but an unanswerable question without knowing the weight of the round bale or the squares.

Assuming 45 lb small sqs then there are 20 in a 900 lb round bale, 17 in a 765 lb bale and 25 in an 1125 lb round bale
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Re: Starting my herd

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:13 pm

The mineral needs to be kept out of the rain. You can get a 50 gal drum, cut a hole big enough for their heads to easily get in, and hang it under a tree.
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Re: Starting my herd

Postby Bfields30 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:07 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:The mineral needs to be kept out of the rain. You can get a 50 gal drum, cut a hole big enough for their heads to easily get in, and hang it under a tree.

That’s the cheapest way I seen so far will for sure do that
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:41 am

Be sure to put a swivel eye bolt on top and set the eye bolt off center so the hole side tips DOWN to keep water out of the hole. Make the hole about 10" above the bottom.
Also, hang it far enough from the tree trunk, so they can't "trap" it against the tree.
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Re: Starting my herd

Postby Bfields30 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:31 am

Type of feed should i buy and brand ???
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