Sunday, November 25, 2012

Well we have made it to Thanksgiving.  We sold the bred heifers in Philip last week.  They didn't sell too bad, judging from the fact most people are selling their herds down to match the hay stacks.  Lots of old cows selling through the sale barns.  The heifers were the lightest heifers we have ever sold at 888 pounds.  But, they never had a mouth full of green grass all season.

I have continued to haul manure every nice day all month.  I have hauled away two big piles of composting manure and am working on the last pile, which is the biggest and may take 7 days to haul away.

The cows and sheep are out grazing in the winter pastures.  We have been feeding lick barrels.  They are a cooked molasses and grain tub.  The tubs weigh about 250 pounds.  They cost about $0.40 a pound or $800 a ton.  We have ordered a load of cattle cake six weeks ago and am still waiting for delivery.  This cake would have the same amount of protein for about $366 a ton delivered.  Cake is a compressed grain mixture with vitamins and minerals.

Cows out grazing along creek.

Looking down on the creek and the cows grazing.  Tammy thinks it looks like they are eating dirt.  Actually there is good amount of grass available, just the quality is not very good.  Past years the water would come up in the creek in the fall and the water would start running and the cows could drink live water.  This year with is so dry there is no water in the creek so the cows have to drink at a tank.

Cows lounging around the water tank.  It is supposed to snow later today so the sky is overcast.

The sheep grazing in the distance.  Picture turned out pretty good for as far away as they were.  Maybe next week we will get cake in and start feeding them.  We will turn the bucks out soon.  Haven't quite decided when we want to start lambing, but will decide soon.

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