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  1. The Front Porch

    Our steers have a great life in the herd. When the day comes, they are taken to custom slaughterhouse that I have walked through and made sure things are done so the animals don't suffer. I still cry when i drop off each steer. I was there when they were born. I fed and cared for them for two years. I know their moos. We unload them into a stall at the facility and I get back in the truck. The steer always moos before I leave. One of those 'where's my herd' sort of moos. It's the first time that I cannot help them, so I cry as I pull out of the parking lot. When I stop feeling sad for dropping a steer off is when I stop raising steers. The heifers that we sell go on to family milk cow homes. These are good homes where people treat their cows like pets. They typically do a share milk system with the calves, rather than separate them or sell them off. mama cows get to be mamas. People don't realize how devoted cows can be to their calves. I could tell lots of stories, but I'll just give you a few general observations. When the calf is born, the mama cow does not leave their side for food or water until the calf is strong enough to get up and follow. The new calf typically toddles around the first day, rather aimlessly. But mama cow stays with them. I always bring alfalfa or T/A to the mama cow wherever she is watching over her calf, so she gets some nutrition during her vigil. After a day, baby can follow mama cow pretty well, so mama can eat and drink more often. My cows trust me and I give them pets and reassurance often when they are calving, as well as assistance, if needed. I also bring them food (and water, if necessary). They let me pet the babies and check them over right there in the pasture. Mama cow gets lots of attention, too.
  2. My horse got hurt:(

    Oh yeah, barbed wire makes perfect sense. I'm sorry you had to find a spot in a hurry. He's a good boy for not acting like an idiot and panicking when he got hung up. Does bacon grease work because of the pork fat? Or is because friendly dogs come to lick it off the horse's legs?
  3. The Front Porch

    Well, if they didn't taste so good, it wouldn't be an issue, lol!
  4. My horse got hurt:(

    Oh wow. Poor guy! Nothing you could have done. Bandaging might have helped, depending on many factors, but since you didn't know, that wasn't anything you did wrong. That is an odd place for an injury. Could he have gotten stuck on something, or kicked while he was mounting a mare? Does he fuss over mares in heat?
  5. The Front Porch

    She doesn't have a name, yet. Our priest named the mama cow Holly. Actually, he called her "Holy Cow", laughed a lot, and then said Holly. I'll ask him after mass tomorrow. He might opt for trading her for the bull calf we have that will be ready to slaughter this summer. Feeding people is more his priority and why we gave the church a cow in the first place. If we end up with her, she will have an "S" name. We usually use Irish names because Dexters are from Ireland, originally.
  6. The Front Porch

    A long anticipated calf was born yesterday. The cow belongs to the church, (a gift from us) and so does the calf, but I get to enjoy taking care of them. Beautiful little red heifer.
  7. The Front Porch

    Jubal, yes, very good points in that article. The boards in the barn will be spaced for air flow, but the horses won't be able to get their mouths on them easily. For the paddocks, we will use vaseline and cayenne pepper, if they are silly enough to sample.
  8. The Front Porch

    I'm very sorry, Heidi. Prayers for your family.
  9. Would you adopt a BLM animal?

    Thanks, Heidi! The program is actually about me training a burro for the BLM so they sell better. It's kind of like Mustang Makeover, but we don't break the burros to ride. It's a private foundation that runs this, so it isn't dependent on government funding. The burros we get will be trained to lead, load in a trailer, have their feet handled, and to carry a pack saddle. I am also trying to get an informational booth in next year's fair to teach people how to pack with their donkey or goat. Lots of folks around here have goats and donkeys that do nothing but sit in their pastures. They don't tend to take good care of their feet or do right by them. If I can encourage people to play with their donkeys and goats, the animals benefit from better care (feet trimmed and more attention) and the people benefit from the exercise. Everyone wins. That's the idea anyway. Sometimes you have to help create a niche to benefit animals. There are so many neglected donkeys in this area. I don't want my carefully trained burros to become just another donkey out in a field with no attention.
  10. I have been getting more information on the animals that they adopt out. I don't really want to debate what to do with the wild horses, because there are far too many emotions that get involved. What I really want to know is if anyone here would be comfortable adopting a young BLM animal. I am signing up to train an occasional burro, because I love working with donkeys. As a result, I check out the internet auctions and I have spoken with the BLM reps several times. I learned a lot about how things actually work. It isn't anything like I thought. They bring a group of animals to various spots for live auctions. The first stops typically get the pick of the litter, if you will. Some of the first animals sold are the ones that are halter broke. The Mustang Heritage FOundation runs the Extreme Mustang events. These animals have 90 days and some of the trainers are awesome. The last event near me featured some excellent horses. I would definitely call these horses well started (in most cases) but green. There are also several internet auctions throughout the year. They have many pictures and videos. You can also call and ask about a particular animal. Many animals are straight off the range and unhandled. They can be as old as 10. These unbroke horses get three chances for adoption. Once they reach age 10, or have not had any bidders after three auctions, they can be sold for as little as $10 per head to dealers. These dealers are not slaughter reps, but they can sell to slaughter reps. On the internet auction site, it says whether or not the horses were captured or born in the pens. Some for the horses on the internet auctions have been handled. There is a ranch that gives great descriptions of the animals that they work with. Some prisoners work and train some of the animals and these, too, will have descriptions. Before Christmas, they trained a bunch of larger burros for packing and showed great pictures of them all saddled up and ready, as well as personality descriptions. The trained animals go for a much better price. They also sell weanlings and yearlings. Anything that is has a pretty color goes for a higher price. The bays and chestnuts are the ones most commonly seen getting to age ten without bidders. You have to fill out an application prior to the event, whether it's a live auction or internet auction. The application is easy, but they do have fence height requirements for either burros or mustangs. So, if they pull a mustang off the range in Wyoming, or out of a pen in Colorado, how do you get them if you live on the East Coast? Well, you can go pick them up, or you can wait until they have an event in your area (usually within several months) and they will bring them to you. So, have you adopted? Would you consider adopting? Why, or why not? The latest auction starts on Tuesday. Here is a link:
  11. The Front Porch

    Looks great, RRW! I can relate. I finished the painting in our house and the appraiser was out last weekend. Our agent is coming on Sunday to take pictures. The house is clean, fresh smelling, with new carpets and new paint. The kitchen is clean, but old and outdated. I need to clean up the tack room and tell the animals to look cute in the photos, lol! It goes up for sale next week! Meanwhile, siding and drywall will begin on our new house. It has doors, windows, a roof, ducting, electric, and plumbing. The two pole barns are going up really fast. The cow barn is 36 X 24 and the horse barn is 48 X 36. The basic frames are up and the trusses are being assembled on the ground. A crane is coming this weekend to lift them up to the roofs. They should be finished by the end of the month. We opted for thicker metal sheeting for the roof. The stalls and hay areas will be constructed with pressure treated wood. We will see how much we have left in the budget for paddocks. We might have to use round pen panels for awhile. It is a pain to move, but when it's only a 30 minute drive between the old house and new one, it makes it easier.
  12. I agree, but his qualifications don't worry me as much as Trump. I hope we have better choices in 2020. I'd like to see a third party offer someone that could compete. Green Party, perhaps? They need to dump Nader and find someone else.
  13. Well, he is the VP. If Trump is impeached, he would finish up his term. It's not about political parties anymore. I'm only interested in stability. I'll vote for the most stable candidate next time.
  14. At some point, he will overstep. That is my prayer. Pence is very...average...and calm. Boring is a good word. Impeachment and the VP steps in. We could use calm. I would never have hoped for a staunch career politician until now. I'd take any second or third term Senator instead of this joker. Someone stable.
  15. The Front Porch

    According to his breeder, he was weaned a bit late and was always a pig. His mama cow was a small heifer, so, perhaps he learned to steal milk as a calf. What I saw was that he chased down my lactating cow until she gave in and let him nurse. Punk. This morning, he had wiggled into the creep feed area to get close to the separated lactating cow. He didn't get to her, but that was too much. I chased him out and closed it off. Here's the nose ring (with polka music to entertain, lol!):
  16. He slashed the EPA, too. Between that and giving away our public land for pillaging, he's murdering future generations. We need more than PhDs. We need smart lawyers to stop this insanity. We are a country that rules by law. Not morality. Not common sense. Law. The law is the only thing that can stop Trump. God bless all constitutional lawyers. Study hard about checks and balances.
  17. The Front Porch

    Cheese is fine. The idea is to avoid warm blooded creatures consumption. RRW and PD, I am disappointed in this bull, but there is a spiked nose ring I can put on him. It will make the cows kick him whenever he tries to nurse. Mean, but it's better than making him beef.
  18. The Front Porch

    Only in the US is that optional, actually, but you're supposed to do something, like an extra prayer (you might remember that every Friday is like a little Good Friday and every Sunday is like a little Easter Sunday). I just avoid meat every Friday because it's easy to remember. We eat fish or bean burritos. We also love eating mussels. Tasty little buggers in wine, garlic, and butter. They are much cheaper than clams or oysters, if you live near the coast. Poor man's oyster, I suppose. It was in the 70s on Saturday, so we bathed the pony and Morgan mare. Can't believe how much came off my mare. And it's curly! My curly, winter redhead. Not Cushings; it's just her. She also lacks the thick Morgan mane and has a short, poofy, forelock.
  19. Cool. We need more objectivity. Perhaps they will be better at that.than the current politicians.
  20. The Front Porch

    PD, that is cool. We only do pancakes right before Lent and then on Easter. We eat fish or legumes on Fridays.
  21. The Front Porch

    RRW, yes, they are settling in. Clover is doing well in her leading lessons. Brendan is a bit old, but he tamed up a little. He's out with the open cows right now. I did have a lactating cow out with him, but he tried to steal milk from her. No more of that. She is in another pasture and he will have to be carefully managed. I'll probably only keep him for two years because of this behavior. He won't be able to be out with the cows all the time, like our last bull. Once a bull, or cow, steals milk, they will always try and then your calves don't get enough.
  22. The Front Porch

    Pancake Day is tomorrow! Also known as Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday for other traditions. We love Pancake Day. I wake up early and make buttermilk pancakes from scratch for breakfast and then wake up the family. For us, it's a tasty treat the day before Ash Wednesday and fasting (which marks the beginning of Lent), but even if you aren't religious, you can still celebrate pancakes tomorrow. It's a British/Irish/Scottish sort of tradition dating back to when they made pancakes to use up the ingredients before Lent (they gave up eggs and dairy for Lent in the old days). So, if you want to participate, get your buttermilk and syrup today so you're ready for tomorrow morning. Although, you could always have pancakes later in the day, if you want.
  23. march mílitary parade

    Wouldn't it be more fitting to have Wall Street types and CEOs marching for Trump? Billionaires and the ultra rich are his crowd. Shady businessmen would fit right in, too. But wait, no one wants to cheer them on, lol!
  24. The Front Porch

    Oh yuck. Do you think he was trying to meet up with those girls through the internet? Maybe that's why they ran away? I think we ought to a have a computer device that zaps the nethers of any man who tries to flirt with underage girls (or boys) online. Could you see that? "Hey, baby, how are ya......Ow! @#*&*!!" Now, that is an app we need to protect kids. Scary stuff. I hope thy catch the piece of excrement.
  25. march mílitary parade

    I think it's stupid and goes against our national identity. We Americans have our Fourth of July parades locally and the veterans groups, ROTC, National Guard, and military honor guard types (as well as local businesses, high schools, fire fighters, etc...) in a typical US parade. That's what we usually do. We like to see our local military people and the kids like to see some of the old equipment they drag out for parades. Historically, we have also had a big parade/celebration after a war so people can get out to show the appreciation they have for those who defend us. This has a different feel. We don't need a national show of force. It's just not our style because we have a military controlled by civilians. Who is trying to impress? I hope he changes course and does more of a honor and thank your local veterans type parade instead (all US parades end up opening up to civilian groups). That's more fitting with our personality as a country. You know, you see the VFW float, followed by a local business trying to sell something, followed by a marching band, followed by a horse club, various political groups, etc... The inaugural parade is exactly that on a bigger scale, no matter who is president. That's what we do best. Trump needs to quit trying to compete with Putin and Kim Jong.