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entering my third year of beef raising

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R A

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The goal is still to build up the biggest herd I can and do it while using motorized stuff the least possible amount.

I put together a few things that happened during my second year that will help me.



got a M Farmall or Farmall M, however that goes
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got a rake
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got a square baler. These knotters are chinese to me....should be fun
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got a cantle/banana bag...I've wanted one for a long time. This was going to make me or break me as a rancher :D
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got some chickens
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yummy eggs!
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added to the chicken herd
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added a coming yearling stud colt to the string....Hancock bred
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It's been a chore getting him healthy.
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Pack mule in training....got my future pack mule that I'm going to need for packing salt and mineral to pastures in the future. I'm saving my pennies for a pack saddle and panniers.
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I can't believe I haven't subscribed to this sooner! Got 2 issues now....good stuff!
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just grabbed a couple pics


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Looks like things are coming together. :D

I see that Working Ranch magazine will even help you pick out your new ATV. :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Great pics as usual. :D
 

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I never would of guessed it, but I have to agree with BMR.:???::lol: I bought the first ATV ever used on the farm this winter. Not that we did things on horse back before, mostly just a good old truck, but I wondered how we ever got by after the first week.

I do commend you on what you are doing though, looks like you have it figured out pretty good.
 

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. . .and I forgot to mention - that 14T brings back memories I rather not think about most days . . . :?
 

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really enjoy your pic's and admire your enthusiasm. have done a lot of raking with one like yours, and an awful lot of baling with a 14T,224T, 336,346, 347,a massey and a couple of new hollands and my word of advice is try to find a tractor with a live PTO to run the baler. M's are/were great old tractors but unless it's a Super M TA you have no live shaft,a real incumberance to any PTO work
 

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R A, your hopes, dreams, and worthy aspirations remind me of my own when I was younger. You are a lot better photographer, though, than I will ever be. Keep on a chuggin'; it's a fun ride. :)
 

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Keep working RA it's worth it.

BTW WORKING RANCH is by far the most informative and best magazine I take in. I have even seen a person or 2 from this site in there.
 

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I am glad you are doing what you are doing because we get the benefit of some nice pictures. Congratualations and keep up the good work, I mean play! :D
 

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Big Muddy rancher said:
Looks like things are coming together. :D

I see that Working Ranch magazine will even help you pick out your new ATV. :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Great pics as usual. :D

Thank you! Things kinda are coming together, slowly. I made bad cow purchasing decisions at the start here and made a decision to cull hard and start over with a low number of cows. I am only going up with cow numbers now though....that's the only thing that has gone backwards.

What's an ATV??? I must of skipped over that article :D
 

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Faster horses said:
Looks like you've got it figured out. Good luck in the coming
30-40-50 years!!!

Great photos. Thanks!

Thank you! ....and I need to live another 200 years for my plan to come together. :D
 

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burnt said:
Sounds like you're a man with a plan!

May all good providence be with you!

Thank you! My plan involves people on my road stopping by and just giving me their land, so I don't know how fool-proof of a plan it is :D
 

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North Ridge Ranching said:
I never would of guessed it, but I have to agree with BMR.:???::lol: I bought the first ATV ever used on the farm this winter. Not that we did things on horse back before, mostly just a good old truck, but I wondered how we ever got by after the first week.

I do commend you on what you are doing though, looks like you have it figured out pretty good.

Thanks! I can see where they would be handy! I personally would get out of cattle if I couldn't use a horse to run them. I can't even justify the up-keep on even a free four wheeler around here at the moment. No offense to anybody!
 

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burnt said:
. . .and I forgot to mention - that 14T brings back memories I rather not think about most days . . . :?

:D I've seen that quite a bit in my internet travels. I'm trying to get to where the only thing I rely on people for, besides stores, is having the vet do the Bangs vaccine and metal ear tag. Thats means jumping in and doing my own hay :D Plus, I want to learn why they are such a pain and have stories for myself!




Justin said:
looks like you are on the right track. :)

Thanks, Justin! I don't know about that though :D
 

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hayguy said:
really enjoy your pic's and admire your enthusiasm. have done a lot of raking with one like yours, and an awful lot of baling with a 14T,224T, 336,346, 347,a massey and a couple of new hollands and my word of advice is try to find a tractor with a live PTO to run the baler. M's are/were great old tractors but unless it's a Super M TA you have no live shaft,a real incumberance to any PTO work

Thanks! ...and thanks for this info! I have it worked out to where I can get a bigger tractor, but it is going to be a couple years. Can I get by with my M for now? It's not a Super M. I just need to get by???
 

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Soapweed said:
R A, your hopes, dreams, and worthy aspirations remind me of my own when I was younger. You are a lot better photographer, though, than I will ever be. Keep on a chuggin'; it's a fun ride. :)

Thanks, Soapweed! I'm not a better photographer!...I spend a TON of time going through hundreds of pictures with my editing helmet on :D I'm very excited about experiencing the ride!!!
 

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4Diamond said:
Keep working RA it's worth it.

BTW WORKING RANCH is by far the most informative and best magazine I take in. I have even seen a person or 2 from this site in there.


Will do, thanks! Yeah, I seen the copy I took a picture of in a Tractor Supply. I think I read almost the whole thing just standing there in the store. Got my first one in the mail since and I can't wait to read more. I seen it mentioned a time or two, but it didn't register to look into it for some reason, which was dumb on my part!



SMN Herf said:
I am glad you are doing what you are doing because we get the benefit of some nice pictures. Congratualations and keep up the good work, I mean play! :D


Thank you! It does seem like play more than work!...it just doesn't seem fair at times! :D
 

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I feel very lucky to be able to run this place and that's all I do! My wife's a nurse and we run 9 cows.....9 COWS!!! That's either really sad, or really neat....lol. Surely it can only get better from here. No government money either, except a $666 DCP check every year because my place used to be farmed. If I "worked" it would be a lot easier, but our boy is being raised by us and we have one coming in May that will be raised by us also as we grow our place slowly.
 

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