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About this blog

I was asked this in a status update. After the first part, I realized it would probably fit better here, so here is my first attempt at a blog and first attempt to fully answer this question, to the best of my ability.

If you have a question or if I explained something poorly or somewhat skipped it, let me know in the comments or in some way and I will try to answer or fix it.

I will apologize for any grammar and spelling mistakes, I'm currently the "night shift" of the farm, meaning this is usually being written between 1 and 4 AM. I am hoping this comes off more like a conversation than a report.

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Fences

Here in North America, we mostly use barbed wire also known as barbwire. Why? It was invented here, its relatively cheap, it's easy to use, it's one of the safer types of fence to use around cattle, and...well its everywhere. A barbed wire fence consists of barbed wire, two strands of smooth wire twisted around each other to secure the barb, made of the same wire curled like a spring and threated on one wire, which is then stretched tight over a distance. The ends must be well bra

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Northern Star in Cattle

Calving Part 2: Cows Hiding Calves.

A short one for tonight: Cows will hide their calves and then go eat or do something else, if no one is babysitting. Our first calf of this year we did see born but if we didn't, and then found him like this, we would have to find the mother and if it's not their idea, they will not go back to their calf and probably lead you aways from it, while every other cow is now worried about it. Yes there is a calf in this picture, try to find it! For an extra challenge, put on dark sungla

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Northern Star in Cattle

Calving Part 1

Well today marks the day of "from here one should show up at random" and then in a week to two weeks, the flood gates open for two weeks or so, 10-20 a day. Every single one must be caught, tagged, and vaccinated as soon as possible as once they are awake, they are speedy, slippery, and loud things. Day old? That ain't happening. 12 hours? Nope. 6 hours? Pushing it. I am working on how to phrase this part of this section, and how far should I go, but I figured this was worth a mention. 

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Cattle Introduction, With Horse Explanation

We raise beef cattle, Hereford, Red Angus, and Black Angus to be exact. I can not speak for dairy cattle, aside from we have been off and on looking to get a few for multiple reasons, which will be explained eventually. For beef cattle...it appears that you either love them or hate them. I like the Hereford breed because they seem to be able to think, for the most part, and realize that "the two legged things that feed us, heal us, and annoy us isn't going to give up, so let's get this

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Northern Star in Cattle

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