Try looking in the monthly archives. February 2014

Baby Watch – Round 2

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As producers, we like it when our cows have calves on a predictable schedule.  We call it our “calving window” and from a management perspective, there are a lot of good reasons to maintain a tight calving window.  When a group of cows calves at the same time, it helps us closely monitor their pregnancies, […]

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Graffiti

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  I pass this every day on my way to check cows.

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Playing Peek-a-Boo

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During calving season, I spend hours looking for cows and calves.  Even when there is little cover, a 1300 lb. cow can be hard to find, and her 90 lb. calf even harder.  

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Legal Loopholes – Part 2

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Grafting calves is as straightforward as it is maddening.  The idea is simple – get the calf to nurse the cow.  Not too big a deal.  Except for the part where the cow tries to kill you.  Or the calf. The stars pretty much have to align for this whole thing to work.  First off, […]

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Legal Loopholes – Part 1

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On any beef operation, there is one clear and absolute rule – all cows must raise a calf to weaning.  That’s her job.  That’s why she exists.  If she “comes up open” or “doesn’t settle”, meaning, she’s not pregnant, she needs to go some place else.  Same if her calf dies.  It costs quite a […]

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Wordless Wednesday

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We just got the message that Wordless Wednesday means that we are supposed to post a picture, and not use it as an excuse to not post anything at all.  So here’s a picture of Emma, and her new baby.

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