Steer

Cows are being wintered over.

We were going to try to a) move the steer to the lawn on the west side of the house and b) plow the existing pasture to prepare for re-seeding. We were going to try to get this done this year however it’s already too wet in the pasture to plow and it will soon freeze. SO …

Plan B is to get some hay, leave the steer where they are at (for now) and do a frost planting in the spring (frost planting does not require plowing).

In the meantime Tara is going to analyze the feed needs and I am going to check with JR Byers on getting a custom feed mix for the remainder of winter; hopefully that will get some weight on these critters and get them ready to butcher.


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Steer — 18 Comments

  1. They aren’t eating all of the food we are giving them now…we are having a lot of wasted feed.

  2. Ok. We got the black one being retarded. He keeps walking out of the fence. I put on boards to block him in and he just knocked them over. Not sure what he thinks he will find outside the fence. All the food and water is in the fence. There is nothing out here for him to eat.

  3. Probably time to weigh and increase feed again….I had another one of my steers go off test this week. I switched them to their ad lib finishing diet on Tues. so I hope that fixes everyone up real nice. I had one pen avg. over 1000lbs this week (don’t feel bad cuz I have a couple still around 600), hopefully the ad lib intake will get them growing real nice.

  4. Mom and I checked the feed weight and it wasn’t really much of an increase. We are using a cottage cheese container which we weighed so we’d know how much we were giving them.

    We had been giving them 9 “scoops” in the a.m. and 9 in the p.m. After the last weight we increased to 10 in the a.m. and 10 in the p.m. It was such a small adjustment I didn’t think it would need to be “incremented” – and to be honest I didn’t know how I would increment it.

    I was feeding that much, and they were eating that much consistently, for several weeks prior to this severe weather/cold snap.

  5. taralou wrote:

    by the way ry (i happy you looked it up to that’s why i posted that. i can tell you stuff but it’s better for understanding to read it yourself i was just joking dad 🙄 )….anyway i was going to ask if you stepped up the steers when you increased feed with the last weighing? I know I had mentioned this to Dad at the last wieghing but each time we switch it’s important to only increase feed gradually over the course of a week or so. This way the steers won’t develope “bad eating habits” and make leaving their food an everyday occurrence.

    I realized maybe you might not have gotten that memo as you missed the seminar with dad and I 😀

    Yeah apparently. No one told me that. 🙂 I have been feeding them what dad told me to feed them. Sort of blindly. 🙂 I like a reason for things, so thanks for informing me. The cows all seems to be doing fine now. I will see if they ate all their food today. I scooped one whole bucket out yesterday that has been a snowy buildup over the last few days. It was just snowing so much so fast it kept covering the food.

  6. by the way ry (i happy you looked it up to that’s why i posted that. i can tell you stuff but it’s better for understanding to read it yourself i was just joking dad 🙄 )….anyway i was going to ask if you stepped up the steers when you increased feed with the last weighing? I know I had mentioned this to Dad at the last wieghing but each time we switch it’s important to only increase feed gradually over the course of a week or so. This way the steers won’t develope “bad eating habits” and make leaving their food an everyday occurrence.

    I realized maybe you might not have gotten that memo as you missed the seminar with dad and I 😀

  7. Easy guys. Tara, we have no doubt you know what you’re talking about – that’s why we’re kind of leaning on you. But you should be encouraged that your brother took the time to go out and educate himself a little further on what you are doing. I thought it was pretty cool of him myself.

    And for my part, I appreciate both of you encouraging me and helping me to “stay the course”. These animals have become a major investment, and as I said I get a little skittish sometimes, and I know that. I’m depending on both of you more than I expected to at this point, and I am listening (and praying 😕 )

  8. taralou wrote:

    Huh…imagine that. It’s almost like I know what I’m talking about 😉

    Yeah or something. 😛 Sorry I sometimes have a hard time with those cocky college no it alls. :mrgreen: 😉 Just messing. I like to know things for myself sometimes instead of just well so and so said so and so said this. Gets muddy real quick. So I read. Won’t ever get me a degree, but don’t think I will ever need one either. 😆

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