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Gots me some new babies this weekend....
March 14, 2011
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Bambitski
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First on Friday, I brought home three baby Pekins.  Then yesterday(Sunday) DH and I went to pick up a Scottish Highland baby steer.  Came home with 6 piglets too.  I know, what will I do with six?  Well, if I got all 6 he would give them to me for $25 apiece.  So, had to do it.  Plus how can you say no to six little pink babies? 

The steer, DH is wanting to raise as a stud.  He is cream in color, looks like a slightly toasted marshmallow.  DH is in love, he calls it fluffy. LOL  It is only 5.5 months old.  So still young enough to tame and baby.  Now to find a young heifer to breed with him eventually.  Probably next year, I think I have enough to deal with now. 

I have rabbits, chickens, ducklings, ducks, 3 goats, pigs, a calf, 20 chicks coming next weekend, three dogs, stray cats, 2 kids (one of which just turned 4), a DH, me looking for a job, and we are going to a farm animal auction next weekend.  Lord only knows what we will come home with. LOL shroom

March 14, 2011
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Awwww congratulations,  momma!  I can't believe you said you are looking for a job!  How do you do it all now?  I'd think you'd need 3 of you to do it all now!  That is such a wonderful family you have there.  Maybe sometime you can post some pictures!   :)

March 14, 2011
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I usually don't get to bed till 11pm anyway, and back up at 4:30 am during the week.  So, I find plenty of time to do lots.  And plenty of down time to play on the computer, read, sew, or whatever my heart desires. LOL  Plus my 4 year old doesn't like to get up before 8 anyway.  So, there is 3.5 hours to do stuff in too.  Have already fed and checked on animals.  The outside ones are fine on water since it decided to rain throughout the whole nite. 

March 14, 2011
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That is terrific that you have energy to keep up with all of that!  Too bad you couldnt take in baby sitting in your home since you have a whole routine there already!  :)

March 14, 2011
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It all sounds wonderful!  Hopefully you can find a job along the same lines of what you so obviously love to do!

I was looking at the laws for traditional milk there in Illinois as Il. may be one of the possiblities for our move next summer.  I about fell out of my seat to see that they sell traditional milk there for $10-12 a gallon!  It's been half that where I've gotten it in Oh. and Va.  Depending on how much land you have, it's possible you could make enough selling traditional milk at those prices to stay home!laugh

March 14, 2011
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Congratulations!  Sounds like you will be really, really busy!

 

I have one other comment…."The steer, DH is wanting to raise as a stud. "…..it isn't a steer if you can use it for stud…it is a bull! laugh

If I learned something today, the day wasn't a waste!

March 14, 2011
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Bambi, If you got a steer he ain't gonna breed a heifer. You have to have a bull for that. If you keep a steer long enough he becomes an ox but he will never become a daddy.

March 14, 2011
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In conjunction with others have said about the bull vs. the steer.

 

I have a young bull calf, he is 6 months old now and I let him in the barn when I am milking and feed him (his mother didn't seem to be providing enough) and he was getting friendly with me. I had to put a stop to that.

 

I will pass on information that I have been given. Never become friends with a bull! If you are planning on a bull for breeding purposes don't get a bottle calf.

 

Those are the ones that will kill you. When they bond with you, you are just another cow to them and they might head-butt you, try to mount you and ram you.

 

Just thought I would pass on information that I was given.

March 14, 2011
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I'm speaking up here to second what Karen said.  Bulls are not pets, and while you want to have them be accustomed to your presence, and trained to behave, you never want to forget that they are capable of doing serious damage.

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March 14, 2011
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Oh wow that sounds fabulous. I am rolling in jealousy!

March 14, 2011
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Jersey bulls are especially dangerous because one day you can scratch their ears and the next day they will pin you to the fence. Remember they are all much bigger than you and will go anywhere they want to go and you can't prevent it.

March 14, 2011
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Ok, I see what I did wrong.  I noticed that earlier but never got back here to fix it.  sorry.  He is a young bull.

And, OH MY, I didn't realize that you couldn't be friendly with a bull calf.  I will have to watch what I do with him then.

I do have a problem though.  When we got him, he was out in pasture with his mother and the other cows.  Now, he is unhappy and lonely.  There is no doubt in that by the way that he is acting.  It rained today, and I put hay and feed in his barn.  didn't want it to get wet.  He wont go in there and eat.  I know that he will go in the barn, he did it yesterday quite often checking it out when we put him in there.  Now, I can't get him to go in there or eat.  I haven't put him out in pasture yet, since I am wanting him to adjust.  My husbands step-father raises cows and told me that we were doing it right until he gets used to being here. 

I am probably worrying too much about him.  But as for the piggies, they are eating true to their names.  I put hay out there with them this afternoon, and it was gone before dinner when we went and put feed out there for them.  Plus they got feed this morning.  Maybe they will be fat sooner than I expected. 

Thanks ladies for the correction.  i would rather use the proper names for them. LOL  And I am glad that you told me about the friendly business.  I will watch myself from now on.  I have plenty out there to play with other than him. ;)

March 14, 2011
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SarahGrace said:

It all sounds wonderful!  Hopefully you can find a job along the same lines of what you so obviously love to do!

I was looking at the laws for traditional milk there in Illinois as Il. may be one of the possiblities for our move next summer.  I about fell out of my seat to see that they sell traditional milk there for $10-12 a gallon!  It's been half that where I've gotten it in Oh. and Va.  Depending on how much land you have, it's possible you could make enough selling traditional milk at those prices to stay home!laugh

It is not worth the trouble for me to get into selling milk right now.  I really would be happy if I started getting enough goat milk for soap and cheese though.  I have to find a decent buck first though.  Most of what I have seen close to me for sale, doesn't make me happy.  I will know what I want when I see it, that what I told DH. 

I know that there is some kind of milk coop that  goes through St. Louis, and their cow milk is around that price.  I told DH that there was no way I would pay that price.  I have been looking elsewhere for it though.  Hopefully by this summer I will find someone who will sell me raw cow milk.  I am not ready to raise a heifer to milk yet.  Cows are all new to me as are pigs.  I am just getting into this to see how I can do.  DH has been wanting the cows for quite a while.  I have to watch him, he is using me wanting to become self sufficient against me.  LOL Using what I want as a means to get what he wants. He wants to try and raise a herd, I just want beef and a little milk. LOL

March 15, 2011
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  I told dh that he better hope we get Ohio versus Illinois as I won't pay that price either!   I hope you do find some traditional milk at a better price!

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