We Eat Beef, But Beef Has to Eat Too…

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Our Farm
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January 13, 2012 wasn’t the warmest day we’ve had this winter, but it sure beat the past 2 days out here on the farm.  The wind has been blowing out of the North with no end in sight until early this morning.  With the calming of the winds and the clearing of the clouds, the sunshine sure felt nice.  It started out at about 4*F this morning and slowly rose to about 28* this afternoon, but again, the sunshine made all the difference.  Since it was decent today and the grinder was empty, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to battle the cold for an hour to make another load to be ready for tomorrow morning’s feeding.  Our cattle are fed ground corn in the morning and then plenty of round alfalfa bales in the lot for them to eat the rest of the time.

Dad bought these steers about 2 months ago, 73 head, weighing in at around 650-700 lbs.  We raise them up to about 950-1,000lbs and sell them off through the local yard to the highest bidder.  Usually that highest bidder is from a large feed lot that will fatten them out to around 1,300-1,400lbs and then sell them off to slaughter.

Our corn that we feed is home raised corn, nothing but the best for the best.  At harvest we fill our gravity wagons and shove them in the shed to be used for grinding into feed for the cattle over winter.  I figured it had been a while since I was on here so why not take a few pictures and throw them into my blog site.  After all, this is suppose to be about the behind the scenes of what it takes right?

Still can’t wait for the nice spring weather to come around so I can get a few more pictures and topics rather than standing around grinding corn…

  1. Barry Wilkinson says:

    In reference to the Case IH, the rear hubs look long, set up for dual tires on each side?

    • okcableguy says:

      yes it was. that’s the way we bought it with the hubs and no duals. The hubs had been like that for so long they wouldn’t come off for us and we don’t have heat on our farm to get them off so we just left them that way. Plus its a lot easier for a guy to see the hubs in tight places at night when backing wagons and what not into the shed, we can see the hubs about to hit something sooner than just the skinny axle.

  2. Barry Wilkinson says:

    What is the purpose of duals on a tractor, better flotation on soft soil?

  3. okcableguy says:

    Yes and Yes, it distributes the weight of the tractor, and the implement in tow, over a wide area therefore causing less compaction of the soil in one give spot. On the other hand though, it is still adding compaction to those 2 additional rows when going down the field…

  4. Barry Wilkinson says:

    Thank you for the info there buddy 🙂

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