4-H Steers On Pellets

Monday, grandpa was in town, so he picked up some bags of steer pellets for me and Colton’s steers in Rocky Mountain Supply.  Rocky Mountain Supply is a nearby supply store were we get all our 4-h animals their feed.

Colton and I feed our steers a pellet called Payback Champion  Pellets.  This pellet is carried by a company called CHS.

We use a pelleted feed because it carries all the necessary ingredients for a balanced ration, along with our ranch grown grass hay.

We put them on a balanced diet to increase their daily gain.  We are going to get them gaining about 2.5 lb a day.  Doing this, we will be able to get them to about 1350-1370 lb. by fair.

Another very necessary thing for our steers is to make sure they have clean, fresh water.

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Payback made a new bag for the steer pellets that I think looks really cool, so I took a picture of one of the bags.

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Here is what the pen looks like that our steers are in.

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To the left is the water hole.

 

Here is the barn cat, “Tiger,” who loves to come over and see me when I feed steers.

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And of course, our steers. 🙂

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I’m sorry, I didn’t realize how blurry these pictures were until I put them on the computer.  But, the calf in the middle looking up at the camera is Colton’s, the one on the right is mine, and the one on the left is our buddy.

Thanks everybody for taking the time to look, and see you all later!

Britt

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Calving Adventures 1

Hello everybody!  I’m going to tell you all about an adventure that we had this last Thursday night, or very early Friday morning.  As you could tell from my last post, First Calf of the Yearthe heifers have begun to calve.  You also know from the post, Heifer Trouble ,that dad just got eleven new heifers and he was having some problems with one of them.  (Learn more about this heifer by clicking here).

Grandpa and dad take turns watching the heifers through the night until the night calver takes over watching the cows in February.

Well, dad’s heifer, from the post Heifer Trouble, decided to calve Thursday night.  What I failed to mention in that post was that this particular heifer happens to be very small.  And, the poor heifer just couldn’t calve.  Grandpa called the vet, not sure if they were going to have to do a cesarean to get the calf out.  Mom woke T and I up around 12:00 am to see if we wanted to go watch.  We jumped out of bed and ran up to the barn.  The vet, grandpa, and dad were already there.  The vet checked out the heifer and decided that they could probably get the calf out without doing a cesarean.  He first started off by giving the cow a shot of Lidocain in her tail head.  This caused the heifer to stop contracting, making it easier for him to get the calf out.  It took both the vet and dad, but they were able to get the calf out of the heifer.  Sadly, the calf hadn’t made it through the whole ordeal.

When all was said and done, the vet gave the heifer one more injection called Oxydocen. This helped the uterus to shrink back up.  With that done, the vet headed for home.  T and I went with dad and grandpa to check the heifers one more time before heading home.

I thought that it was a great adventure.  But, I don’t think dad and grandpa thought so.  They had to get up the next morning for work, and the heifers still had to be watched through the night.  I think I hopped back into bed close to 1:00 am that morning.

 

First Calf Of The Year!

 

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One of dad’s heifer had her calf calf last night around 10:00 pm!  It was a bull calf.  This calf was the first calf born on Silver Spring Ranch in the calving season year of 2016!

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The lighting isn’t the best in this photo but, I couldn’t resist putting all these cute faces on for everybody to see. 🙂

Calving season will really start full swing in February, so I will keep everyone updated.

Also, you are all probably wondering why I haven’t put on my freeze branding post like I said I would.  But, when I put my pictures from freeze branding on the computer they turned out horrible because of lighting.  So, i’m afraid that, that post will have to wait.

Hope all of you guys are doing well!  God Bless!

Britt

 

 

 

Heifer Trouble

I’m back!  Yes, I have to admit I’ve been slacking, because I’ve been too lazy to sit down and write.  I’m three blog posts behind.  So, there are two more coming up!

Freeze Branding

Thursday Skiing 

If you were wondering when there would be another blog post on ranch going on’s, wonder no longer because we finally have one!  Today, I’m going to tell you about a heifer adventure dad and I had last week.  (Heifer- a two year old cow who is having her first calf).  About a month ago, dad bought eleven heifers who are supposed to calve between the end of January and beginning of February.  Last week, dad noticed that one of his heifers was feeling kind of down.  He called the vet and asked what she thought the problem might be.  The vet gave a few different ideas: check the cow to make sure that she didn’t have a dead calf,  make sure she doesn’t have an infection,  or she might have some heart problems just from the stress of pregnancy.

With these ideas in mind, dad and I brought the heifer in and I checked her temperature.  A cow is supposed to have a a temperature of about 101 degrees.  She had a temperature of about 103.  So yes, she did have a little bit of a fever.  Next dad checked her to make sure that she has a healthy calf.  Luckily, the calf was well.  But, he still had to figure out what was going on with the cow.  Dad called the vet once again. After telling the vet the heifer’s symptoms, she said there was a good chance that it was an infection.

We headed to the vet and got some medicine called Excenel that would help kill any infection.  We also got an I.V to give.  The I.V had calcium, potassium, and phosphorus in it to help give the heifer any nutrition she would need and also prevent any chance of her getting Milk Fever.  After we were done, we put her in a pen and gave her some hay.

The next day, when we checked her temperature again, she was down to 101 degrees.  She was healing up.

Thank the Lord the heifer seems to be doing well right now and will hopefully have a nice healthy calf.  I hope everybody is having a good start to their New Year, and God Bless!

Britt