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We were thankful to get 4 inches of rain yesterday!  It is so nice to see some green in our pastures again-it has been a long and painful drought.  We are cautiously optimistic going into spring that we’ll have the needed rains.

Happy HumP Day

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I am an equipment buyin’ fool as of late. Earlier in the week I was looking for a way to creep feed some calves.  That’s a set up that allows calves to come in to eat a special ration of feed just for them and it keeps cows and heifers out.  Here’s a link to more information about Creep Feeding if you are interested:  Click Here  Usually creep feeding set ups are adjustable so as the calves grow you can adjust the opening for their increased size.  The can come and go and eat as they please.  I found this Calf Pass Panel kit by Priefert while searching on Craig’s List:

It is really meant to attach to a creep feeder like this:I really didn’t need the feeder part since I wanted to feed the claves by hand to have more control of how much and how often they eat.  I just needed a place for them to go when I feed the cows to get their own feed without the cows nudging them out of the way-so the calf pass kit was perfect for my needs and as more calves are born I can move it to be the pass into bigger pens and lots.

I emailed the seller.  She had one on Craig’s List listed as four years old for $300 and stated that she paid $600.  So I assumed it was the kit and the feeder at that price and I if figured I could resell the feeder or maybe save it for when I might could use it.  I emailed her and asked if she would take $200-she said yes.  Then I did some research (should have done that first).  I found the kit online several places brand new for …$139.  Then we went and looked hers and discovered it didn’t have the feeder, just the kit!  But she still wouldn’t come off her $200 price.  So the next day I went over to Mount Pleasant to the Priefert Plant which is about 20 miles from my house and bought a brand new kit-not a second for…$50!!  Score!  I LOVE a bargain!!!  I LOVE Craig’s List for farm stuff, but you have to do your homework and remember that something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

Then yesterday I found another bargain:  4 heavy feeders, 3 heavy cattle panels and a 4 ft walk gate all for $200.  The mass exodus from the Cattle Business in my area due to the excessive drought has created a surplus of good used equipment being sold at bargain prices.

Today is supposed to be really warm-74; tomorrow in the 80’s!  So the Chickenman and I will be taking advantage of the nice weather to get our new equipment set up.  I’m going to try to stay off Craig’s List today so I don’t find something else I “need”!
Happy HumP Day!

Happy HumP Day!

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It’s a great Hump Day here at MJ Brahmans!  We are getting some much-needed rain.  I can almost hear our winter pasture gulping it in.  This has been a terrible time for cattle producers here in Texas and in many other states too due to excessive drought.  We, like many others are just trying to maintain and hope spring brings the rains we need to make grass and hay.  We are also smiling in the rain at our newest addition…

This leggy heifer calf is out of our heifer Tuscany Tralee that we purchased from Tuscany Farms in Arizona.  She is doing great.  The calf is running and playing and her Mama Tralee, in true Brahman style, is an excellent mother.  Tralee is friends with our bull, Ringo and more than once I have seen him babysitting this calf while she was down at the pond getting a drink.  I just love watching the dynamics of a herd and how each animal has its place yet they all take care of the calves.

We had a pretty cold night here right after this little calf was born.  The Chickenman was worried about her and headed out into the night with his Q-beam to check on her.  He found the herd laying down for the night all circled up.  In the very center of that circle was this baby calf protected by the herd from the cold.  Tralee has had a hard time fitting in with the other ladies in the herd, but since she has had this calf they have extended their friendship to her and especially her calf.  It takes a village!

Happy Hump Day!