Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

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Heidi
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Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby Heidi » Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:27 pm

Great to see this section here... it saves us taking over other threads with our cow talk!

I got my Dexter/Angus Bull on Friday, his name is MacGregor. He's somewhat vertically challenged, but I'm sure he's up to the task ;) of taking care of our little herd. I have Spot the Jersey house cow, her two daughters, Raisin and Sky (both sired by the same Angus bull) and Clarabelle the Charolais. The two steers are Chuck the foster friesian (being looked after wonderfully by Spot) and Sir Loin, Clarabelle's son who was sired by the neighbour's Angus bull.

MacGregor is about as tall as the 6mth old Sir Loin.

Now to let nature take its course... it really is that easy.. isn't it??? isn't it??? :lol: :lol: :lol: best laid plans of mice and men!

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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby minnie » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:24 pm

Hi Heidi,

Our calves this year were sired by our young dexter bull Fernando (he heard the drums :lol: :lol: ), when he was under 1 year old and the girls a bit taller. ;)

In our herd we have Ahlie and her daughters Ebony and Foxglove, Ajay and her bull calf Number 4, Cris Cedar and her daughters Cinnamon, Erin, Fairy Floss and grand-daughter Fatima whose Mum is Cinnamon, Lady Alabama and her daughter Eyebright, Number 4 last year steer (I think he's 4) his mother was Fontana who we sadly lost to tick and of course Fernando.

We're awaiting DNA results for another bull (we're intending running two) and we got to name him, Monte Carlo (the breeder said he looked like a biscuit). :lol: Hopefully he won't be from Twin Bull who has sired some of our girls.

Oh of course all registered dexters.

Who's in everyones herd?
:D
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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby dggoatlover » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:19 am

Hey! Don't forget about the gorgeous, gregarious goat!!!! :D :D

Yes mother nature always finds a way :roll: I have heard of several goat breeders who have not removed a buck kid from its mother in time and have ended up with a little accident! Pretty amazing considering the size difference between the two!

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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby Heidi » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:27 pm

:roll: :roll: oh yes... and goats too... ho hum (sorry, read that with me laughing whilst sitting in a room alone!).

Honestly, goats would be so much easier to keep than a jersey... but can't tolerate the goats milk that I've had in the past!

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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby dggoatlover » Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:55 am

Well that depends on how good your fencing is! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: If there is a way out a goat will find it :roll:

I did toy with the idea of Dexters before getting my goats but I don't know anything about cattle management. Goats seemed the easier option as I had grown up with friends who had parents that farmed Angoras so I had a bit of a head start plus my hubby and kids weren't use to livestock and were very wary. But now we have taken the plunge into alpaca breeding as well so it will be an interesting ride! I'm learning something new every day - keeps it fresh and exciting! I love having my animals - don't know how I lived without them for so long :D :D

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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby Hayhay » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:34 pm

Ooh good luck Heidi hope it all works out how its supposed to!

(and dgoatlover would love some alpaca tips - ours arrive in a week, we've done heaps of reading on looking after sheep but need to turn out heads to alapcas now!)

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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby minnie » Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:44 am

Hi Desley and Hayley,

Hmmm alpacas... I said the other day when our alpacas go to heaven no more wooly animals for me, it's so hard in our climate. But south is different, how are you going with them in QLD Desley?

They are beautiful gently souls but sooo soft. The hot weather last week after all the rain wasn't great and so many horse flies. Poor Curly ended up with terrible eyes which I sprayed with Pink Eye Spray, it helped but the heat was just terrible. We were spraying their feet and changing water several time a day to cool them down and Sunday night I said to DH if the weather breaks as it's supposed to and we get rain he may live, if not he could be dead by morning.

Thank goodness it really stormed (48mm) and we've had some overcast drizzley days and he's going okay.

I love them but between shearing (the shearer always a problem because it rains in the season they need shearing), their teeth growing and needing grinding (Curly needs that next time the vets out), trimming their toe nails and of course they need good worming (no pour on, injectable or oral [which is tricky on a spitter]) Someone recently said about sheep (who owns some) in this region, just when you realise they may be sick, they're dead.

Ah now read the bit about "I love them and they're gently souls and beautiful animals", just keep the other stuff in mind if no-ones told you. ;)

A final thought, what we find is when there's different types of livestock with totally different needs it's more time consuming... for us.
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Vicki

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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby Hayhay » Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:54 pm

Ahh Vicki; good to know all the things that are not so good about keeping alpacas! I guess its all an adventure and we find out all these things as we go....off to read your other thread Desley.

Vicki is the heat a big cause of the problems?

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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby minnie » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:05 am

Hi Hayley,

I think the heat coupled with the high rainfall in summer and they need a good shed that catches the breeze to keep them cool.

It's just the differences with doing things for them as well, if we're drenching or vaxing we do the alpacas one day and cattle another. We need 7 in 1 for cattle and 5 in 1 for alpacas and sheep, so it's the mix when time is an issue. We still work (our business) as well as the farm so it's just a real juggle.

Sheep and goats need different fences to cattle and alpacas are best without barbwire (mind I don't have barb top or bottom strands and internally we have two strand electric permanent fencing). If there's any wire laying around our Mr Brown (alpaca) finds it and we've had to cut barbwire out of his wool that was wound around him, thank goodness it hadn't cut his stomach. Then he got some other wire which is one reason for his lameness, he damaged the tendon trying to get out of the wire. And we don't leave wire on the ground, but he found some that we hadn't seen left years before we got there. My pet hate is farmers that feel the need to toss old wire and rubbish on the ground and not take it to the tip!!

We've still got an old fence with rusty old barbwire inside the paddock we're to do, we cut it and put it straight in the trailer and it goes to the tip. We've already done one old fence. So check your paddocks for anything like that.
:D
Vicki

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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby Heidi » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:30 pm

After being on our property for almost 12 years, and having slashed so many times we've lost count, we still find the occasional piece of wire that comes to the surface!
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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby minnie » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:50 am

Hi Heidi,

Doesn't it make you annoyed... we used to get glass all the time at Hogarth as well!

I was forever picking up glass and putting it in my pocket.
:D

Vicki

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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby Mojojo » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:58 pm

get glass on our place all the time too. Funny thing is, there's no sign of there ever being a house on ours, so I really wonder where the glass came from.
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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby minnie » Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:10 am

Sometimes it a glass dump that farms take their glass to Jo.

I know next door used to take there's away from the house, but our old house several owners ago used to have burbon bottles and beer bottles piled high at the door apparently. :lol:

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Re: Finally... the one stop shop (or should I say forum)

Postby Heidi » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:33 pm

Beware the old "night soil" dumps! :lol:
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