Howdy, I just broke the news to Mrs. L last night that I intend to get a cow (using chicken math here) next year. I’m here reading and learning, got some books, watching the YouTube. I have no large livestock experience, a bunch of chickens, bees, some first time feeder pigs, a small plot of land 8.5 acres ( about 3 being able to graze ) and a desire to get back to simple living after 3 decades in the world of consumers, corporations, fluorescent lights, and considerable stress. I am now semi-retired. We moved from suburbia 3 years ago to the country. I have a been busy planting roots (fruit trees in a fenced orchard, nut trees, perennial berries) through the tall grass for the last 3 years. I have about 1/3 of the property in native woods including hickory, oak, and black walnut. Now I’m looking at lots of tall grass just going to waste and figured, why not? I had always wanted to be a farmer when I was growing up but got directed to college and the professional rat-race instead. Mrs. L. is a city girl and we raised the young ones there, but the country has always been tugging at me. We’ll see just exactly where this takes me.
Thanks in advance for all the information I will be absorbing from your posts. ~ Brian
Welcome! And best wishes for all your farming dreams... I hope Mrs. L will enjoy playing along - it's great when you're on the same team!
A word of caution about the YouTube videos - there are some really helpful ones --- then some that will take you down a road many long time dairy cow owners would not recommend... best to take them with a grain of salt instead of as the gospel. But, all part of the learning curve - enjoy the ride!
The Re-Treat Farm Ronnie, my love of 35 yrs - 2 grown kids Pete the cow dog, Casey, up and coming cow dog cats - Molly, Buck Kitty horse: Rex - mules: Deetz, Travis, Darlene Jersey/Normande - Camo Jersey/Normande - Daisy Jersey - Mary Esther various chickens, calves, occasional turkeys, pigs
Welcome Brian! You must be breathing a sigh of relief in the country! Enjoy it 😊 There is a lot of info here and the people are very helpful! We will be excited to see what you pick for your first cow..... and by the way ~ pictures seem to be required here!! 🤪😂
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin
Welcome to the forum! In our family I was the one who HAD to have a cow when we bought our small acreage two years ago, and my husband said fine but it was going to be MY thing.... now we have four cattle and he milks with me every day So it can definitely be contagious!
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Post by mommasquilts on Jul 10, 2019 17:19:35 GMT -5
Welcome!! This is a great bunch of folks and you will learn a lot. You can post pictures easily using the Tapatalk app on a smart phone or iPad. As the saying goes—-“without pictures, it didn’t happen.” Chicken math works great with cows. It is called CALP (cows are like potato chips...you can’t just have one.)
Post by westxgrl13 on Jul 11, 2019 10:22:58 GMT -5
Howdy from West Texas, BrianL! You definitely have come to the right place for advice about all things cow!
Wife to the Greatest Husband Ever, Mother of Three Awesome Daughters, Mother-in-Law to Two Amazing Sons-in-Law, The Most Precious Grandson and Granddaughter Ever, Rancher/"Zoo-Keeper" of Hereford Cattle, Angora Goats, Remuda of Horses, Two Border Collies, One Mini-Aussie, A Duke's Mixture of Chickens, Seven Ducks (Rouen), and One Sweet Mini-Jersey named Katy Kow!
Welcome! Next year, you say? We'll see about that. I know how that chicken math works. 🤪
So a couple months back on Monday I had an idea to get some feeder pigs. I had been "considering" raising up a full batch of AGH for some time, boars, sows, piglets... the whole 9 yards. But I decided it might be to have a hog first, at least once in my life to touch, feed, house, and slaughter a hog BEFORE I by a breeding couple and start a three-ring circus. So by Saturday I had constructed a makeshift pen, had electric poly (all new to me) around the inside at snout level, feed and water set up and THREE feeder pigs rooting up some ground. Mrs. L was neither pleased nor impressed with my hasty decision and efficient setup skills. But she does tolerate my antics, usually with considerable eye-rolling. She knows nothing about the future plans for breeding AGHs.
Now that I "officially" have handling pigs on my resume, I think... OK, I can now plan for bigger critters. But I feel like, yeah, hard to mess up a pig, and if you do.. it's just smaller bacon. But a dairy cow... there seems to be a lot more to it and I cant just lash some cattle panels together and tap a water nipple into a plastic barrel. I'm feeling a necessity to plan this one out much more thoroughly and set stuff up (somewhat) correctly rather than having to knee-jerk 100 fixes due to poor preparation. And hopefully the cow will not suffer from my lack of preparation. So yes, I have been fighting every urge to pounce on every "for sale" listing that lines up with what I think I want. I definitely have a propensity for spontaneous purchases though.
Infrastructure and education should easily occupy a year if I can keep myself controlled. I have a brief hiatus planned for next spring and once that is done, I am hoping to have everything lined up and get hooves on the ground. I just can't have anything here other than chickens while I'm away. After that.. I don't care if I never leave my land again.
Welcome from SD! Have fun with your piggies. Pigs are one animal I've never had, but would like sometime. Rachel
Me, my Hubby, and four Littles one horse - Cappy A burgeoning goat herd 35+ British White and Angus mama cows, and several bulls My milk cows: Faith, Chick and Freckles Heifers coming up - Dolly Dixie RIP
Post by grammagrace on Jul 12, 2019 23:10:56 GMT -5
Welcome from south Central Iowa to you and Mrs. L. I love the sound of all the trees you have. Pigs are good, can be fun can be a pain. They can also be mean. By mean, I talking taking about FOREVER to get babies on the ground. Planning for a cow is a good idea. To many don't. Someone mentioned pictures. They don't have to be just cow pictures pig and tree pictures are good too.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
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