Post by canesisters on Feb 5, 2019 16:33:42 GMT -5
I second this! I don't get ANYWHERE NEAR the ice yall do, but I've used dirty bedding many times to make an icy spot safe.. It has to be cleaned up later and is a mess.. but it's better than a bad fall.
~ Debbie Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Post by Meadow Creek Mama on Feb 5, 2019 17:48:59 GMT -5
Whoa, that ice is nasty! Please be careful.
Tirzah slipped on ice 2 winters ago and I thought she had hardware she looked so uncomfortable from the pain after. She was fine though.
Do you leave free choice kelp out for your cattle? I leave it out full time for the milk cows, with some cultured yeast in it too, and whenever the heifer comes through she eats so much of it. It has lots of micronutrients and minerals in it...it's like a multivitamin for them. Never hurts, especially when weather is nasty.
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33
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The dirty bedding on top of the ice sounds like a good way to help your footing...and for the cows. Yes, it will be a mess to clean up in the spring, but you can't take the chance of getting hurt, either you or the cattle.
Our barnyard is on a slope and there are thick ice patches all over it, but there are also pockets of mud that were pushed up by the cows walking through when it was so warm in earlier January. So there is some traction from that. The calves have skidded around enough that they don't dare run and the older ones know where they can run and where they can't. I noticed the other day when we were putting out hay that the heifers were careful in the way they were cavorting. None of their usual galloping and leaping about.
We have three inch thick ice on our driveway and the path all the way up to the barnyard. We ride the tractor up and I use a cane when walking in the barnyard. I'm terrified of falling and busting up my new knee.
Looking at yours I found what I was talking about a few posts ago " ICE CLEATS". Thanks susaq
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Currently Cow-less for the first time in 11 years RIP-- Rose-Jersey RIP-- Abby - Jersey Rosie-- Jersey past family cow Lily -- Angus / Jersey past family cow 2 appaloosas- Candy, Sierra 2 dogs--Tess, Sunny a herd of 22 Boer goats a variety of chickens 3500+ pigs in our care at any given time. 1 house/outside cat-Shane
I have a feeling that the ice situation is no better, but I am in the crowd praying for improvement and health...wow... I feel guilty about all the sun we had today.
It’s not the best situation....France is going into the second month on being locked up in the barn. The heifers now can no longer go out. There’s well over a foot of snow covering the ice. I let the heifers out three days back - thinking finally enough snow for traction. Cordelia is a rather beefy Guernsey and clumsy. Within ten seconds of going out she was trying to buck and kick and crashed and tried to get up but kept slipping and falling. When she got up she went back again to sniff the area where she fell and fell down head first 😳
I haul out load after load of manure and wet bedding and am going through way too many bags of shavings...the shavings are $6 a bag 😩 ...it costs more in bedding a day than to feed them. But I have no where for the cows to safely go, stalls are the only option.
France looks like she’s loosing muscle tone and the cows need sun and fresh air but fresh air and sun do no good when the Guernseys can’t stay upright when they go out. I keep telling myself there are dairy cattle that live inside all their life.
After this last snow the drifts behind the barn are up to the tops of the Dutch doors. Can’t even get the doors open. And the drifts are about to the tops of the green gates...going to see if the husband can use the tractor to dig the back of the barn out...but the gate is solidly frozen into the ice all along the bottom. I’m counting the weeks until spring 😒
Guernseys & Randalls
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Our feeding shed is a godsend, large enough to house cows comfortably, big enough to stockpile manure away from sleeping areas, and the best part, open on both ends so it can be cleaned out with equipment. Adding that to our barn has been wonderful. Not near as confining as stalls and much easier to clean.
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