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    I'm in Pennsylvania and am paying $.37 a pound...

    I'm in Pennsylvania and am paying $.37 a pound for organic molasses delivered via tank truck on a monthly route. I did get a one ton tote (275 gal) full of molasses for $993.20 delivered in August. ...
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    You could put 3 maybe 4 calves on a cow. The...

    You could put 3 maybe 4 calves on a cow. The grassfed guys are doing it with a 'nanny' herd. They pick the highest SCC cows and try to get calves on them. It's not easy and takes lots of...
  3. Thread: Trump 2016

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    I'd much rather have my wife stay at home. The...

    I'd much rather have my wife stay at home. The cost of child care we would need would offset the cost of health care. Plus we are doing well considering the milk economy so there's no chance my...
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    Last year at this time I had to pick a new health...

    Last year at this time I had to pick a new health insurance plan since my $15,000 deductible plan wasn't available any more due to regs. We dropped to a $2,000 deductible with a few more perks but...
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    The third year of low prices would have been 2015...

    The third year of low prices would have been 2015 but we changed our reaction to low prices by keeping at it, waiting for the high in 2017. 2014 likely promoted this thinking as many saved, prepaid...
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    Actually, the amount of space you'll need for the...

    Actually, the amount of space you'll need for the bedded pack will offset the cost of putting stalls in. When I was looking at putting up a barn in 2008 the option was a free stall or a compost barn...
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    I would have said '09 was worse but I agree with...

    I would have said '09 was worse but I agree with your statement that in '09 there was at least hope for better days. I feel part of that hope was because '09 caused us to make major changes which...
  8. Thread: Grazing heifers

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    When on pasture, we feed our heifers corn silage...

    When on pasture, we feed our heifers corn silage with hay and mineral mixed in. In years past we added 2lbs of corn but this year cut the corn out completely and only used the forage. Intake of the...
  9. Thread: Tire sidewalls

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    Which way are those of you using sidewalls facing...

    Which way are those of you using sidewalls facing the slices? Cut side up or down? The first year we used them we faced the cut side up. I thought maybe the cut edges might create holes in the...
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    I also enjoyed reading. There's a younger guy in...

    I also enjoyed reading. There's a younger guy in PA grazing his own sheep on multiple farms which he doesn't own. He loads them up and takes them to the next farm. He says it's a hassle but it's...
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    We do the exact same thing as Moses. Put them on...

    We do the exact same thing as Moses. Put them on their sides and use a long arm on the forks. My only problem is that I can only take 20 at a time or the skid loader will tip forward.
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    I found that deer love forage chicory. I've...

    I found that deer love forage chicory. I've planted annual ryegrass and crimson clover in a field which the deer are always in. Sometimes you can see 15+ deer at once. We only have 30 acres of...
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    Sales people bother me, but starting the...

    Sales people bother me, but starting the transition to organic has turned them towards the road since they know their product won't be approved.

    What really bothers me is the people asking to...
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    My situation is very similar to Eljefe, been on...

    My situation is very similar to Eljefe, been on the farm for 11 years this October and my dad is also 68. Every father/son relationship is different but I haven't found one that doesn't have it's...
  15. Thread: Sire selection

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    I breed almost exactly like Flatlander. However,...

    I breed almost exactly like Flatlander. However, I do put emphasis on individual mating being I only breed 120 animals each year. I used to use the mating studs programs but found that the most...
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    I converted my free stall to a compost pack last...

    I converted my free stall to a compost pack last October. We are bi-seasonal calving so we go from a low of 64 over winter to a high of 104 this spring and will be at 64 in a week or so. We are way...
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    Or, breed your low end dairy animals to it if you...

    Or, breed your low end dairy animals to it if you can get a better price for half beef bulls.
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    There is such a thing... for beef ...

    There is such a thing... for beef

    http://www.absglobal.com/abs-sexation-sires
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    Isn't one of those a presidential candidate?!?

    Isn't one of those a presidential candidate?!?
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    My reason for starting the transition to organic...

    My reason for starting the transition to organic is 60% financial. Since the decision has been made I've found myself enjoying the organic farming community and the help they are willing to give. ...
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    I'm not an economist. The price differential...

    I'm not an economist.

    The price differential between organic and conventional is so large now that it is tough to sell organic milk when conventional is so attractive in price. I also think other...
  22. Thread: Central PA

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    Welcome to the forum, I'm in Lebanon County PA,...

    Welcome to the forum, I'm in Lebanon County PA, milking 100 with large cropping work and liquid manure done custom.
  23. Thread: Cow lanes.

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    You also have to be able to turn it into a...

    You also have to be able to turn it into a paddock. I would want a minimum of 20 feet of downed wire to make the turn.
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    I echo the general consensus, use the large stone...

    I echo the general consensus, use the large stone for base and use finer on top. Mixing clay in would help smooth it out. Make it plenty wide and crown it so water runs off. Use some water...
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    If you read my reply in entirety you'd see that I...

    If you read my reply in entirety you'd see that I left the door open to conventional pasture. Pasture is pasture and I have doubts that the way you grow pasture changes omega 3's unless there are...
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