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  1. amysflock

    Proud Ribbon Winners!!

    We're back from our first fair, the Grays Harbor County Fair in Washington State. We did great at our Highland show (now a points show for the first time, YAY!). Annabel took Reserve Champion Heifer Calf, and T-Bone took Grand Champion Bull Calf and Grand Champion Bull!! I'll post pics later...
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    HELP - dog bled/peed on feather couch cushion - how do I clean it???

    ARGH. Our old dog (who we're putting to sleep today) left us a nasty mix of blood and urine on a feather-filled couch cushion and pillow last night. Any thoughts on how to remove it? I could soak the corner of the pillow in a sink of cold water if needed, but not the huge seat cushion. (The...
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    What to do with beets and excess zucchini - bounty in the heat!

    Hi all, So, wouldn't you know the beets and the zucchini have both totally taken off. I think the beets need to be harvested NOW (they were planted 53 days ago, the package says 59 days to maturity, but they appear to be about 2 1/2- 3 inches in diameter). Wise ones, what should I do with my...
  4. amysflock

    Registered Scottish Highland Calves for Sale - WA

    Two weaned, registered Scottish Highland calves for sale - both fair ribbon winners! Scottish Highland are an ancient beef breed well-known for their excellent lean meat, easy calving, browsing ability, thick double hair coats and horns (males and females). Britain's Queen Elizabeth keeps a herd...
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    SOS - 6 wk old pullet beat up and unconscious - what should i do???

    My chicks killed one EE pullet, pecked another to unconsciousness, and have pecked a bit on two others. I'll go pull the other two right now and set them up in isolation, but what can I do for the unconscious EE on my lap??? It's hot here, I had her in a lukewarm bath to cool off, eyes are...
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    Bull talking to a neighbor bull? Do I need to be concerned?

    The two-year old visiting Highland bull we have currently has (hopefully) done his job and bred Bridgit; in any case, she's out of heat and wouldn't cycle again until about 7/29. In the meantime, we've noticed him standing by the hotwire fence to the calves' pasture, calling, listening, and...
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    Pasture pests - thatching ants

    HELP! We are being overtaken by thatching ants...black with red heads, live in big piles they make out of fir needles...and they BITE. I am so sick of them. If I'm working outside I have to watch my feet as well as whatever else I'm doing so I can stomp them off of me when they crawl on/in my...
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    Truth or old wive's tale: bulls and female (human) hormones

    Hi, all, I was supposed to be out picking bracken fern in the pasture today so it was gone before our friend comes over to brush hog...and then it occurred to me that I am ovulating and we have a bull visiting the property. I have heard it's very dangerous for women to be near bulls during...
  9. amysflock

    Where do I learn show and pre-show techniques? (cattle)

    I was heavily recruited last night to show our calves at the local Grays Harbor County Fair (two counties west of me) and since I couldn't think of a valid objection, it looks like I'm in!!! So...having never done this before, I'm feeling a little anxious about a few things: 1) "Bathing"...
  10. amysflock

    How long do bulls court cows?

    Bridgit is on day 23 in her cycle, and the visiting bull has been apparently courting her since day 20 - cleaning her, following her around, napping by her side, etc. He's a little less attentive today than he has been. I never saw standing heat in Bridgit this time (guess it would have happened...
  11. amysflock

    Weaning - how long does it take?

    I feel for my neighbors right now...I started weaning T-Bone and Annabel last night using the fenceline method, and this morning they are LOUD!!!!! Annabel has twice jumped the 4' field fence into our backyard and been led back - thank God I decided to halter break her first!! How long does it...
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    Halter training - smart little girl!

    We decided to try Annabel's first halter training session last night while she and her mom were in our backyard for Bridgit's nightly grain session. We always rope Bridgit's horns, and I can only imagine Annabel is used to the feeling of her mom's rope over her head (she is forever trying to...
  13. amysflock

    Our pasture grass isn't doing well...

    We have just under 3 acres total, of which probably 2.25-2.5 are pasture. Last year when we moved in we just brush hogged, and brought the cows home about a month later. This year we harrowed in March and applied fertilizer (late...and it was a 21-7-14, so maybe not the right kind for spring?)...
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    Bull calf - injured leg/foot?

    T-Bone, after spending most of today trying to mount our 3-year old cow with his little (or not so little anymore) 6.5-month old body, has developed a pronounced limp on the left front side. He's dragging his toes when he walks (like the tip of the toes), and standing on it but not putting as...
  15. amysflock

    Standing heat? (hope not!)

    This morning I've seen Bridgit, our 3-year old first calf heifer, stand no fewer than six times for T-Bone, the 6.5-mo old bull calf (not hers). Is there *anything* other than heat that would give her cause to stand for him? I've never seen her let him mount her before, especially this many...
  16. amysflock

    Bull showing interest?

    Will a bull continue to periodically "test" the cows even if they're pregnant? Is it a dominance thing as well as a heat detection/breeding readiness thing? Tabor has been here now for eight weeks and we've seen him test both Bridgit and Sheila many times since he's been here. He seems to switch...
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    Really a backyard cow (a.k.a. feeding Bridgit)

    We finally got with the program after consulting several sources and started feeding Bridgit, our first calf heifer, 3 lbs/day of 16% dairy grain mix to help her gain some weight...she's been feeding her calf so well that her condition has gone down, and without gettin more weight on her it's...
  18. amysflock

    Heifer calf with rabbit-like poo pellets?

    All, I thought we'd had bunnies in the paddock with the cows until I saw Annabel (8 weeks old) produce a bunch of dark brown, rabbit-like poo pellets. What is causing this, and do I need to worry/do anything about it? Everyone else's poo looks like cow patties as it should. They've all been...
  19. amysflock

    Australia's "Search for a Supermodel Cow" Contest

    http://www.moogoo.com.au/index.htm If you click the supermodel search logo in the body of the home page, you can click through the three pages of finalists' photos. :) thewife, there are Brahmas... :P
  20. amysflock

    I am COW!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WFp4kozlOU Be sure you have your sound on!
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