The Cows Came Home

Last Friday Cousin T and Roy helped us move the majority of our cows home. We dropped them in our west pasture and Monday morning J and I moved them to the winter pasture. We had a nice day to do cattle work and the new chicken fajita recipe I tried was a success.

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One of the bigger tasks to prepare for calf weaning is getting in feed. Thursday we got a load of dry distillers grain (ddg’s). This is normally an hour long project to unload the hopper bottom semi trailer. Unfortunately, the trucker hauled a load of coal and cleaned his trailer before picking up the ddg’s. When he loaded the ddg’s the trailer was still damp from the washing. J and the trucker chipped the entire load out of the trailer; it took them a good three hours. I was in charge of running the PTO and auger speed.

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Another task is grinding hay. Grinding the hay makes it more palatable and easier for cattle to digest. In addition, we can grind old or low quality hay, mix it with corn silage and ddg’s and have a wonderful ration for the calves.

Grinding is a fast and furious job and J is not ready to have me run and tractor yet, so he had Cousin T came over to help.  The hay grinder was here shortly after day break on Saturday. Things went well for the first hour or so and then problems. One of the springs on the grinder broke and caused a chain to loosen. It took the guys over an hour to get back up and running.

In the afternoon J and I fenced around the winter pasture. We were thankful the fence was in good enough shape and didn’t take us long to fix.

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Sunday we went to Motorcycle City for Church and dinner with J’s folks, sister and her family. It was nice to relax and visit.

Yesterday was an icky day. We did our cattle shuffling early in the morn and got done before the bad wind hit. Cool and drizzly rounded out the afternoon. I was glad to have time to catch up on my “Sunday” tasks while J worked in the shop.

Last week the neighbor gal brought my hens over. They are Buff Orpingtons. I have all new chickens. The Leghorns are starting to lay and I’ve picked up 2-3 little white eggs everyday for almost a week.

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A little housekeeping: If you are a regular commenter you will notice a change. I have been getting bombarded with spam. Last Tuesday morning I had 462 spam, Wednesday 650+. I am not exaggerating! That was enough to break the camel’s back. Wednesday morn I spent over an hour on the phone with HostGator getting the spam issue figured out. I added a more intense filter to try and get this under control. There may be a little bit of a learning curve with this; if you have any issues commenting feel free to let me know. My primary e-mail is ranchwiferobyn{at}gmail{dot}com. Thank You for your understanding on this matter.

 Here’s to Tuesday; hope it’s a great one for you!
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9 Responses to The Cows Came Home

  1. Candy C. says:

    Dang, that’s a LOT of spam! 🙁
    I’m surprised the moisture didn’t ruin the ddg’s.

    • Robyn says:

      Candy,
      It wasn’t enough moisture to hurt the quality of the ddg’s and the chunks got broke up going through the auger.

  2. Kim says:

    I love the vertical photo of the cattle coming home. You should get that one blown up on a canvas.

    Have a great day, Robyn!

  3. Darcy says:

    Sorry about the spam! I had that happen on my blog a few months ago, and just ended up not allowing anonymous commenters. (I haven’t had a single spam comment since.)

    Your picture of the group of cows trailing down the fence line mid way thru your post is BEAUTIFUL! I really hope weaning goes well – it certainly seems as if you’re prepared for it. 🙂

  4. Cheri says:

    I had issues with spam too….I just got rid of the anonymous comment thing..that got rid of the problem for me.
    Big chore bringing the cows home…..
    I bet that truck driver will let the trailer dry next time! Lol!
    We just sent a few cull cows and the rest of the left over calves to auction yesterday…..put a nice little check in the bank! 🙂
    When we get a good frost, we’ll start pegging the cows!
    And going threw the bulls….
    Cheri

  5. LaVerne says:

    love readying your blog!

  6. Sandra says:

    Looks like you have been busy.
    Great shots!
    Spam is no fun, I had to do away with my anon. comments I hope you figured out a way to get rid of it.

  7. Wow, that’s a LOT of spam! Sorry to hear that, and hope you’ve found the solution.
    That photo of the cows coming home is spectacular – such a wonderful mass of black bodies!

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