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  1. hi everyone

    hello, my name is ej and im a youngin (19), though i have for the past few years felt a real pull and passion for making my own homestead. i would like to have a cow or two on the property and i was just wanting some advice about how i should go about it. i have many different questions if someone would be willing to lend me some of their time to give me a hand. i am not going into this light hearted, i am willing to put in the work and effort needed. thank you so much in advance, i cant...
  2. Jersey in milk, four months pregnant

    Hi there, I have a jersey cow that was bred back in October by a Hereford bull, we’ve had no problems with her, have even been lucky enough to see/feel movements of the calf. For the past three days her bag has been progressively filling and today when I went to let the cows out of the barn it is absolutely massive and almost bursting with milk, her vagina is extremely swollen and she has a lot of discharge, she’s also having softer bowel movements but not quite scouring. She doesn’t seem...
  3. Month Old Bottle Calf Growing but not Gaining Weight

    Have a month old bottle calf that drinks milk well, is growing taller and longer, but not gaining any weight in the abdomen. He looks bony like a skeleton. Could a calf this young of age be overrun with parasites (worms) or is it likely another cause? Calf has good formed stools with no scours.
  4. corn silage baler wrapper for cattle farm, round hay alfalfa baling machine

    shandong double crane machinery manufacture co.,ltd E-mail:[email protected] Whatsapp:8615863898993 Website:[URL="http://www.feedpelletmachinery.com"]www.feedpelletmachinery.com[/URL] The dry season is the hard problem for cattle farms which donot have the fresh cron straw ,grass,fodder for cattle eating. Maybe most farms face such a troubles without best way to solve. Now you can see our corn silage baling and wrapping machine to help you keep the raw material long for your cattle for the whole year . This machine can bundle...
  5. Month old calf not eating

    This is our second cow we bought. Just starting out. We just purchased a month old Angus bull calf that was 3 weeks premature. He has never learned to suck from a nipple and has been eating out of a bucket. They were giving him moms milk. They fed him last night around 6pm before we took him home. This morningwe tried giving him milk replacer and he isn't drinking it at all or acting hungry. He is peeing a lot for a long period of time. Is this normal since he was just taken from his mom? Is...
  6. Any one know what this is?

    Found this digging through and old barn on the property I manage and have no idea, maybe a piece to a head gate or chute? Green with yellow handle. "Powder River livestock handling equipment" on handle with chain links on opposite end.
  7. Keeping Cows Cool in Hot Weather

    Even though the end of summer is drawing near, there are still at least four more weeks of hot weather for most areas. In places like Georgia, Texas, Florida and other parts of the South, the heat may hang on through early October. Because cattle have a giant fermenting vat in their bodies in the form of their rumen, they are uncomfortably hot at much lower temperatures than people are. Even at rest, a cow will be generating heat, merely by the action of her rumen digesting her food. By...
  8. The History of Hereford Cattle

    Big, brawny, and red with white faces, Herefords have been popular in the United State cattle industry for decades. These cattle are easy to keep and versatile. Currently, they are very popular to cross with Angus cattle. The resultant offspring are usually black with white faces and feature the hybrid vigor that heterosis brings. Origins During the 1700s, cattle breeders in England set out to improve the red and white cattle that were native to their region. Their desire was to create a...
  9. What's the Big Deal About Grass Fed Meat and Milk Products?

    Whether you are producing your own food products, or just trying to live a simpler, more natural life, you can run across buzz-words that sound good, but to the average consumer have little meaning. Natural, hormone-free, grass-fed, organic-all of these words can seem like jargon to the uninitiated. One phrase that is common nowadays is the term "grass-fed." Read on to get the low down on grass-fed meat and milk. Modern Conventional Farming Techniques Since World War II, most cattle in our...
  10. Hand or Machine Milking?

    After you've decided to buy a milk cow, the next big decision that you'll need to make is whether you should milk by hand or by machine. Here are the pros and cons of both methods to help you make the wisest decision for your farm. Machine Milking Pros Machine milking is quick, often taking less than 10 minutes to milk out the cow. If your cow is nervous, milking quickly is an advantage. Milking by machine means that your milk will be cleaner than hand-milked milk. Dust and flies can't get...
  11. Texas Longhorns

    A symbol of the Wild West, the Texas Longhorn is the only breed of cattle that evolved to adapt to life in the Western United States. Currently, the Longhorn is much less popular than British Breeds like the Angus and Charolais, but for decades the Longhorn was the backbone of the American beef herd. Origins Not long after Columbus discovered America, Spanish explorers brought Andalusian cattle to Central America. These cattle interbred with native Mexican cattle. Over the years, the herds...
  12. Cattle Handling: Fear versus Respect

    A common misunderstanding that novice cattle owners have is the thought that a cow will fear you if you strike it. Of course, I am not advocating beating a cow or other kinds of cruelty to animals of any kind. However, if you watch cattle, it will quickly become apparent that cows are very physical animals. They are not gentle with one another and express dominance by roughly pushing and shoving one another around. When you own cattle, you should not confuse fear and respect. You do want...
  13. Teaching Calves and Cows Respect for Humans

    If you are new to cattle, one temptation that you must resist is expecting them to act like dogs, cats, or even horses. Of course, cows can be funny, cute, and affectionate, but they are still cows. If you don't teach them to respect humans, they can develop dangerous ways of interacting with people. Cattle see the world differently from other animals. Once you understand how they think, you can treat them according to the cow-rule book, and they will respect you as the Boss. Of course,...
  14. Tips for Beginning Cattle Farmers

    Do you have the dream of starting your own cattle farm? Our family started farming over twelve years ago. I've talked to plenty of people, both beginners and experienced farmers. I've also read lots of books about getting started in farming. Here are a few tips for the novice farmer. 1. Stay out of debt. Debt will cripple your farm quicker than you can say "interest payment." Do all that you can to live a debt-free lifestyle, both for the farm and for your personal life. Save up and pay a...
  15. Preventing Fertility Problems

    It is a cattleman's worst nightmare. He's expecting a crop of calves. Day after day passes, and the calves just don't show up. The cows don't look like they are in any hurry to calve. A few calves may arrive, but after a month or two goes by, it is clear to the cattleman that he has a fertility issue in his herd. Whether it is one cow who doesn't breed back reliably, several cows who just can't produce, or most of the herd coming up open, having infertile cows will cost the farmer money....
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