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Beautiful birds, Ori!! I remember you talking about Puffy Dog (RIP) on FMB. Can you post a pic of him? As I recall, he was a cutie too!


Puffy Dog pictures coming up. :)
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I'll try to find the better pictures of her later. :(

This is the rock on her grave. She liked to play in the flowers when she was alive and now she has a forever one.
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I couldn't see the bird pictures before (red x's) but now they come through in all their glory. Beautiful ori. Fly high in heaven Puffy Dog.


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Yesterday was a great day!!!!
Things were getting a bit dull around here with no cows since we shipped the steers off to their destinations so the wife and I went to a farm auction and found 2 of the cutest heifers around.

This is Belle, a Jersey/Holstein cross. She's about 1 month old. My wife bought her.
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And this is Lady, some would call her a Brindle. About 4 months old. I knew I was going to get her the moment I saw her even though I'm mostly a Holstein guy.
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Awww.. cute cows! I want a cow now...

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Awww.. cute cows! I want a cow now...


They are an enjoyable animal to raise.

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They are an enjoyable animal to raise.

How do they get along with donkeys, turkeys, and horses? :D

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We used to run our horse with the young stock, never had a problem.
I suppose donkeys and turkeys wouldn't mind.


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Depends on the other animals. We've had them around turkeys with no problems. Sometime horses will be mean to them, but they usually tend to their own business. Don't know about donkeys.

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I'm having visions of a barnyard where all the animals play nicely together and live happily ever after. :shock: I need to lay off the Disney cartoons. :lol:

We're supposed to get some sort of big animal for our barn soon (stupid regulations) and can't decide between a donkey or a horse.. and now cows are going to be thrown into the mixture.

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I tried to buy a couple bucket calves today, but just wouldn't pay the price. Stock cow calves were about $260 to $340. Dairy calves a couple days old went for $220 and $230 each. I miss the days of buying calves for $30 to $50 each and the kids bottle feeding them.

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Yeah, the cattle prices have been better than ever lately. It's been a while since I've bought a bottle dairy calf, but it wasn't that long ago that we were getting them for $50 or less. There's no telling now.

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Belle was 300 and Lady was 380.
Probably 2 of the cheapest at the auction.

The last 2 steers I had were 75 apiece.

In 96 I got 4 for free and one was a heifer.

Wait till milk prices drop a bit more and I think cattle prices will follow.
Nobody wants to milk cows for 10 dollar milk so they ship a lot of cows.


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It used to be you could buy feed lot calves for $20 or $30 dollars. Of course since they came from heifers that had been on full feed you did tend to lose more then normal. Now even feed lot calves have been going for $100 or more. Last week two calves went through and sold for $60 each. But both had a good cough and I figured you'd be lucky if there were still alive by the time the next weeks auction came around.

Oh well the girls do have 3 pygmy goats that are due in May. So I supopsde they could have anywhere from 6 to 8 babies running around from them. A couple weeks ago on our local news they had a story about some people that had a pygmy goat that had 5 babies. I told the girls none of ours better do that.

The girls have two bucks they bottle fed and they are real tame, but the does weren't bottle fed and are pretty wild. So the plan is to bottle feed the babies so they will be tame. I figure just as long as it isn't me doing the bottle feeding, that sounds good. :lol:

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So I finally got a current picture of my two nephews (the non feathered kind)

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Aren't they adorable? I'll have to look for their baby pictures in a bit. Theres an interesting story to how they came to be part of the family. Their mama cat was "dumped" at our house back in San Diego.. some lady drove up and asked my kids if we had orange cats.. and of course the kids said yes. Anyway, turned out to not be our cat and it was pregnant on top of everything! Beautiful cat that was very loving.. we named her Butterscotch. She had 6 kittens a couple weeks later. Butterscotch and 4 of the kittens got wonderful homes and my sister kept the two dark orange ones. They're quite a handful and always getting into trouble so they are named Thing1 and Thing2. Don't ask me how to tell them apart! :)

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Here's Gracie, one of my poor abused research pigs- she's waiting for a grape.

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