I seem to worry about the things going on in the world a little more lately, and being at the farm reminds me of how a simpler life can be a better life. I am all for technology and things that make living easier, but wonder, is easier better.
I don't think the winter forage is going to be very good at all. We just havn't had enough timely rain. All that work and expense for what has germinated just wasn't worth it. Next fall I am going to do it a little different. It's a good thing that I baled plenty of good hay this summer. The cows are already enjoying it, and I am feeding with three hay rings.
I moved the cattle into the north pasture from the north hayfield, I like it when they are close by. We are up to 10 calves now, and expecting at least 3 more soon. The weather has been very mild, but they are putting on their winter coats.
The pecan harvest was very minimal this year, so we are hoping for a big harvest next year. The trees produce well every two years, so we were expecting it. Some of the big pecan operations said they were only running about 30% from last years volume.
I finished my weed wiper that I built, all I have to do is mount it to the loader. Hopefully it will work as I anticipate. I organized the shop, and have most of the equipment maintenance complete. I decided to wait till late winter to put down lime on the fields.
A few weeks ago I went out to check the cows and they were all laying down. I sat down and laid back in the middle of them. I must have dozed off for a minute in the warm sun, and was awaken by one of the cows licking me. That was a new one for me.
The body condition of the cows is still good and I hope I can keep them where they are at through the winter. The co-op came up with some all natural protein tubs for me that are made of molasses and cotton seed meal. I have gone through 1200 lbs. and the cows just love it. Just wish they didn't love it so much! 1200 lbs in six weeks, really.
Moopheus the bull was sold and is now enjoying life in Missouri. I am pretty sure that he had bred back all of the early calving mommas and the young heifers that were not bred when we brought them to the farm. I was a little worried he might be trouble loading into the trailer, but he was awesome, and the loading chute I built worked like a dream. I have a young bull on loan from my good friend Cliff White at Holiday Ranch, and believe he is going to be a fine bull.
I hope you enjoy the blog.