05
Nov
2014

Hay For The Winter

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Wrapping High-Moisture Hay

Wrapping High-Moisture Hay

What does a grass-fed cow eat in the winter? Grass, of course. We are wrapping some delicious high-moisture grass hay to keep them happy and content.

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24
Sep
2014

The First Calf

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Amaryllis

Amaryllis

The first Thousand Hills calf has arrived! Amaryllis, a healthy Red Angus heifer calf, arrived on September 23, 2014, weighing in at 68 lbs.

It’s a good day to be a farmer.

Lilac and Amaryllis

Lilac and Amaryllis

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19
Sep
2014

New Squeeze Chute

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Squeeze Chute

Squeeze Chute

After a long wait, the new squeeze chute has arrived. We’re getting it leveled and set up for AI breeding in the near future.

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13
Aug
2014

Grazing Waterways

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Grazing the waterways with temporary electric fence

Grazing waterways with temporary electric fence

Grass growth usually slows down drastically in the middle of August, so it’s a good time to look for free forage in unusual places. Waterways between fields provide some extra grass. Some step-in pigtail posts and temporary electric fence are all that’s needed keep the cows where they’re supposed to be.

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17
May
2014

Spring grass

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Spring is here and the grass is growing nicely. It’s a good day to be a farmer.

The cows enjoying the spring grass

The cows enjoying the spring grass

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31
Mar
2014

Three More Heifers

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We got three more registered Red Angus heifers today from Maryland to bring the herd size up to 10. They all seem to be getting along well. The oldest heifer is bred, so we’re looking forward to a calf this fall.

The herd (Yeah, someone is hiding)

The herd (yeah, someone is hiding)

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29
Mar
2014

First Calves Arrive!

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The family got up at 4:00 AM and rode along with me to New Kensington, PA to pick up our first load of 6-month old Red Angus calves. It was a cold and rainy day but the calves still had their winter coats and didn’t seem bothered by it. I guess they’ve been surviving just fine for millennia before humans decided we should keep them in barns.

The Thousand Hills beef herd has officially begun with five heifers and two steers.

The first calves, ready to be released on pasture

The first calves, ready to get off the truck

Our first load of calves released on pasture

Exploring the pasture

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