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February 1-10, 2017

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February 1-10, 2017

Postby Soapweed » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:07 pm

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Two-year-old heifers

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Looking for a handout

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Grandma's crew

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There aren't quite enough "buddy seats."

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Checking the level of our cake bin

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Sure enough, it really is empty and not just cake stuck to the sides.

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Home sweet home

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Looking south

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Since we are out of cake and it will be hard to get a semi truck in with all the snow, I will feed alfalfa.

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The 5 year brand shows up well.

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Young cows bred to calve next fall. Real soon they will go up in the hills to spend the rest of the winter. So far there has been too much snow covering the grass.

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The snow is plenty deep.

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Home sweet home from another angle

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Interested ladies

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The Kosmo Kid's feed outfit, chained up and ready to roll. The basket attached to the grill guard is where he puts net wrap.

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My feed outfit, merely an unchained melody

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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby gcreekrch » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:21 pm

More winter at your place than here in the Great White North!
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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby mrj » Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:46 pm

It's great to have your photo's again! But looks like 'Mother Nature' thought she had to show off with more snow than you may need right now to celebrate your photography!!!!

Or is it all needed and welcomed to re-charge your lakes and the Oglalla acquifer?

We only have two 'helpers in training' to fit into the tractor cabs, and it is their dad who gets to take them along when he feeds in our backgrounding lot, while his cousin feeds the cows further away. They love it, and the four year old is pretty confident she can drive the tractor, tho her dad has a hand on the steering wheel, too.

She also is a good little 'informant', too, telling me almost as soon as we got home after ten days absence, that "mommy took some jars of your honey when you were gone!" She didn't know I had told her mother to take as much as she wanted, as 'the bee man' was quite generous with the 2016 honey crop.

Our little great grandgirls are even more fun than the grand kids were!

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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby 4Diamond » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:24 pm

Like the fords and hydra beds. I would have that wrap basket tore off before I left the house.

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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:08 pm

Kosmos carries a pretty good sized chunk of tow rope.

Do you not chain up cause you know how to drive better? :D :lol: :cowboy:
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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby Soapweed » Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:35 pm

Big Muddy rancher wrote:Kosmos carries a pretty good sized chunk of tow rope.

Do you not chain up cause you know how to drive better? :D :lol: :cowboy:


I do have lots more experience. :-)

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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby Silver » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:30 am

That box on the front of Kosmo's truck would hold the wrap from at the most 2 of our net wrapped bales this winter.
Good looking outfits, both of them.
I might have asked this before, but forgot the answer. Do you have to take a tractor to space the bales so the bale beds can grab them? Or can you wrestle them out of their rows with the truck?

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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby 4Diamond » Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:26 pm

Not soap but we stack our bales both ways, depending on location and space. It's no problem to pull them out of rows with a hydra bed.

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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby Soapweed » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:09 pm

Silver wrote:That box on the front of Kosmo's truck would hold the wrap from at the most 2 of our net wrapped bales this winter.
Good looking outfits, both of them.
I might have asked this before, but forgot the answer. Do you have to take a tractor to space the bales so the bale beds can grab them? Or can you wrestle them out of their rows with the truck?


Maybe you have more wraps of net-wrap than would be necessary. Most of our bales have 1.5 - 2 wraps, and that seems to be enough.

It is a bit handier if the bales are stacked so the bale beds can grab them easy, but it is not hard to pull them out of a pile with the Hydra-Bed. On Hydra-Beds, the spools are smaller. I think with other brands of bale beds, it is harder to pull bales out of a pile.

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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby garn » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:22 pm

It's been an unreal winter in Des Moines, less than 10 of snow inches all winter, the only ones not liking the snow are those who push snow for a living this time of year. 40's and 50's for all of this upcoming week and then 60's for next weekend.

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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby Haytrucker » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:53 pm

I bet Silver is referring to how much hay is frozen to the net... Do you have any concerns feeding alfalfa in deep snow. We have heard it can cause bloat and we avoid doing it. Feed on yesterday's grass unrolling, or feed extra before it snows then feed rough hay for a day or two. All our winter protein comes out of a baler. Using it in corn stalks, which is working this winter.

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Re: February 1-10, 2017

Postby Soapweed » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:39 pm

Haytrucker wrote:I bet Silver is referring to how much hay is frozen to the net... Do you have any concerns feeding alfalfa in deep snow. We have heard it can cause bloat and we avoid doing it. Feed on yesterday's grass unrolling, or feed extra before it snows then feed rough hay for a day or two. All our winter protein comes out of a baler. Using it in corn stalks, which is working this winter.


I didn't know this. Why would feeding alfalfa in deep snow result in possible bloat? Now you have given me something to worry about. :? Having run out of cake, and having too bad of roads to get a cake truck in, I have been grateful to have alfalfa on hand to feed as protein. It's hard to feed cake in snow, because there is undoubtedly more waste. We just feed less than ten pounds of alfalfa, and fill them up with meadow hay.


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