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    I grew bmr for many years in the 90's, it does...

    I grew bmr for many years in the 90's, it does have more milk but the problems just weren't worth continuing for me. It will gooseneck so bad some years and the yield is definitely less.
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    I milked 80 cows in a tie stall for over 10...

    I milked 80 cows in a tie stall for over 10 years. Took 2 hrs for me to milk with 6 units, faster if 2 of us milked with 8. Dbl 10 parlor takes 2 of us 2 hrs to milk 130. Clean up is a lot bigger...
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    Likely high nitrates. Ever notice how cows won't...

    Likely high nitrates. Ever notice how cows won't eat that lush green grass growing where there was a cow pie last year?
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    My scc runs from 200 to 250. With 130 milking we...

    My scc runs from 200 to 250. With 130 milking we usually have 2-4 cows that go in the bucket.....usually till they are culled. We really do everything wrong in the parlor, but we really try to keep...
  5. Thread: Grassland

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    On Aaaahhhh......the old "it will be built...

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    Aaaahhhh......the old "it will be built into the pay price" .....Jedi mind trick.
  6. Thread: Grassland

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    As a random thought on this.... I have never...

    As a random thought on this....

    I have never understood why the producer pays for the hauling. Once it leaves my farm it is out of my controle, hauled by somone contracted by the processor who...
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    I agree, didn't mean to come off petty.... But,...

    I agree, didn't mean to come off petty.... But, it does appear most haulers are makiBl more than the producers.

    A hauler bought propert next to mine a few years ago and built a million dollar...
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    You negotiate trucking directly with your hauler?...

    You negotiate trucking directly with your hauler?

    Not saying haulers don't work hard but, the ones that live near me all have brand new homes, big shops and haw enough excess income to buy land...
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    Never heard an official test, most seemed to be...

    Never heard an official test, most seemed to be in the 20-25,000 range. Not registered. Seemed like an average or slightly below heard IMO.

    My SIL did buy a few dry cows for $850 average.
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    Went to a 300 cow auction this weekend with my...

    Went to a 300 cow auction this weekend with my SIL. They averaged $1500, the better cows would bring 2000 or a touch over.


    We thought they sold well considering the current market. Seemed to be...
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    Our corn needs a lot of time yet also, some is...

    Our corn needs a lot of time yet also, some is just starting dough and some is behind that. We have had more than enough rain this year tho.

    What stage is your corn?
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    There aren't many cow sales anymore, but the ones...

    There aren't many cow sales anymore, but the ones I have been to are pretty cut a dried.

    Anything over 75 days and not bred will go for cull.

    Maybe 20% of a heard will get milked somewhere...
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    I grow and feed quite a bit of grass. Grass is a...

    I grow and feed quite a bit of grass. Grass is a little more of a complete feed than alfalfa, but that's about the only advantage I see. Grass pretty much shuts down if it gets dry and any yields are...
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    I agree with 250, but I'm not sure it's very...

    I agree with 250, but I'm not sure it's very practical to believe you can save up that kind of money being a general laborer on a farm ....and still be young enough to handle starting up a...
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    Maybe not a hipster, but a dreamer non the less....

    Maybe not a hipster, but a dreamer non the less.

    Starting a 500 cow dairy in a rented facility is going to take some significant equity/cash. Pretty good bet that the op has neither if he's...
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    Marry well......

    Marry well......
  17. Thread: Wagyu

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    Honestly, I don't remember many details. They...

    Honestly, I don't remember many details. They were fed the milk cow ration at the time.
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    I raised some half breeds years ago. They grow...

    I raised some half breeds years ago. They grow much slower and the one I butchered didn't seem much different than anything else. If you have a market where you can get a good premium you may do...
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    Maybe, maybe not.... It's easily obvious to...

    Maybe, maybe not....

    It's easily obvious to think that way right now, but in 10-20 years guys may not be falling over themselves to buy a wore out 120 cow set up.

    When I was a kid my dad built...
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    Absolutely! I had a 60 year old neighbor that...

    Absolutely!

    I had a 60 year old neighbor that built a new freestall/parlor for 80 cows years ago because he thought someone would want it after he was gone. He died and the barn stands empty and...
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    Your right cowfeeder, by the time a guy has the...

    Your right cowfeeder, by the time a guy has the means for a major investment, he starts questioning whether he has time to make it worth while.... Life is a moving target.

    I would do whatever you...
  22. Thread: Novameal

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    We have gotten 47 inches so far this year. Very...

    We have gotten 47 inches so far this year. Very wet and cold start. Uneven poor emergence due to cold and wet but most has grown out of it and tasseling now. Barring something unforeseen, this will...
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    Just a pup. 😀 No matter how old I get anyone...

    Just a pup. 😀

    No matter how old I get anyone 10 years younger than me is a kid.;)
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    That's how I took it. Some Dads are really...

    That's how I took it.

    Some Dads are really against their children farming, some make the mistake of pushing them into it. Its hard to make big investments when you question a child's long term...
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    Fans....and lots of them. Having said that,...

    Fans....and lots of them.


    Having said that, Im in the same boat. I have shaded pasture and curtain free stall but my cows do suffer in this heat. Im not so sure fans necessarily pay for...
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