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I'm a dairy farmer. Ask me a question

 
Petyermouse (OP)

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How many years do you use a milking cow?

Do you send them to slaughter then?

What do you do with the calves?

How long are they allowed to be with their mother.

Do you artificially inseminate your herd?

What do you do when the power goes out?

How many days of food do you keep on hand?

How long could you survive without power?

How much land do you own?

Is your land mortgaged?

Do you own a shotgun or weapon to protect what you own?

Do you have a garden in the summer?

Do you have kids and do they want to farm the land when they are adults?
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Do you have well water, how often do you have it tested?
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1. Depends on the cow. A good cow will go 4-6 years
2. Yes when they can't produce as much as it costs to feed them, we ship them for beef or sell them to another farm
3. A couple days
4. We do both artificial and natural insemination on our operation
5. We have a massive generator on our farm. During the summer thunderstorms if we lose power, we just hook a tractor up to that bitch and we are back in business.
6. I currently have no back up food right now. My lazy logic says I have 1500 cows and some chickens so I don't feel the rush to store food. Although I'm going to start storing more soon.
7. See answer #5
8. I personally own 28 acres, my family owns about 800, we rent another 400
9. My personal land is, I don't think the rest is
10. We have a lot of guns, but there's not really a need to protect anything at this point.
11. I tried to do a garden last year, but I just didn't have the time. I'll stick to macro farming, micro isn't really my thing
12. I don't have kids, but my brothers do, and they love the farm and at this young age say they want to be farmers too. Who knows if that will change in the future.
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Holly shit!!! you answered all of those... If you were a registered user I'd give you karma for that!

BTW... Tell those kids that the farmers of today will be the rockstars of the future. Minus the OD's of course.
No matter what happens to the worlds finances, food is becoming more important every day.
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I'm logged in now, so go ahead and give me karma. Not sure how that works though.
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Ask away motha fuckaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas
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Raw, whole, unpasteurized milk. Do you sell it?
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We homogenize it but that's it. After we ship it out, it's up to our co-op to decide where it goes. Sometimes it goes to Green Bay to be turned into butter. Sometimes to Pennsylvania to be turned into Hershey's products, sometimes it goes to Indiana to be sold via gallons of milk, etc
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What brand of milkers do you use. In the seventies I was an executive with the Surge dairy farm equipment co. Babson Bros. At that time farmers were milking twice a day. What is the average daily pound output per cow now.
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Germania is our milking parlor and De Laval is our components. They are made in Israel and I actually got to take a trip there to see how they were made. It was a great time.
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Thanks for your response. We were king in the 70s. How many pounds per day per cow average now days?
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What brand of milkers do you use. In the seventies I was an executive with the Surge dairy farm equipment co. Babson Bros. At that time farmers were milking twice a day. What is the average daily pound output per cow now.
 Quoting: Desert Fox


Germania is our milking parlor and De Laval is our components. They are made in Israel and I actually got to take a trip there to see how they were made. It was a great time.
 Quoting: Petyermouse

Thanks for your response. We were king in the 70s. How many pounds per day per cow average now days?
 Quoting: Desert Fox


Sorry, I forgot to answer that one. Our herd average is about 80 pounds/cow/day.
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Do you use BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone aka Crack for Cows)?
Do you know the effects of BGH?
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No we don't. I've honestly never heard of that. Are you referring to BST?
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No, I'm pretty sure its BGH. Scientists at Monsanto spliced E-Coli bacteria and cow dna to make a inject-able substance that causes the metabolism of the cow to be much faster, thus produce more milk.
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What brand of milkers do you use. In the seventies I was an executive with the Surge dairy farm equipment co. Babson Bros. At that time farmers were milking twice a day. What is the average daily pound output per cow now.
 Quoting: Desert Fox


Germania is our milking parlor and De Laval is our components. They are made in Israel and I actually got to take a trip there to see how they were made. It was a great time.
 Quoting: Petyermouse

Thanks for your response. We were king in the 70s. How many pounds per day per cow average now days?
 Quoting: Desert Fox


Sorry, I forgot to answer that one. Our herd average is about 80 pounds/cow/day.
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WOW, that has gone way up.
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Do you use BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone aka Crack for Cows)?
Do you know the effects of BGH?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4386039


No we don't. I've honestly never heard of that. Are you referring to BST?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33832088


No, I'm pretty sure its BGH. Scientists at Monsanto spliced E-Coli bacteria and cow dna to make a inject-able substance that causes the metabolism of the cow to be much faster, thus produce more milk.
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Wow, I've never heard of that.
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Germania is our milking parlor and De Laval is our components. They are made in Israel and I actually got to take a trip there to see how they were made. It was a great time.
 Quoting: Petyermouse

Thanks for your response. We were king in the 70s. How many pounds per day per cow average now days?
 Quoting: Desert Fox


Sorry, I forgot to answer that one. Our herd average is about 80 pounds/cow/day.
 Quoting: Petyermouse


WOW, that has gone way up.
 Quoting: Desert Fox


We have a great herdsman and a really good nutritionist, plus we grow our own crops so we have control on the quality of feed. What was the average back in the 70's? Have you been to a bigger farm recently? The technological advancements are unreal.
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I'm logged in now, so go ahead and give me karma. Not sure how that works though.
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Good on you and karma delivered. Thanks again!
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Thanks for the karma, guys! What exactly does it mean?
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Re: I'm a dairy farmer. Ask me a question
Thank you for your response.

Are you married--you said no kids.

Are you happy with farming?

Do you keep any milk for your own use--like raw milk or milk to make your own butter or do you buy your own milk back after it's processed?

Do you want kids?

Do you have plans to change your operations or stay pretty much the same?

How old are you?

Planting season--hay and straw for your cows?

Do you have any other animals Dogs, cats, goats, chickens?

Do you save some cattle for your own use (to eat)?

Are your families farms all connected or close?

Your relatives kids--home schooled or public school?

I've heard the farmers life is very hard, how many hours do you work a week?

Do you barter with neighbors? Like mild for chicken eggs?

Thanks so much!!
hfbumphf
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When you get 10 Karma points you can green pin a thread so more people see it.
"You can bend it and twist it... You can misuse and abuse it... But even God cannot change the Truth.”
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Thanks for the karma, guys! What exactly does it mean?
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It means that your contributions are greatly appreciated.
Karma is not redeemable for cash.
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Thanks for your response. We were king in the 70s. How many pounds per day per cow average now days?
 Quoting: Desert Fox


Sorry, I forgot to answer that one. Our herd average is about 80 pounds/cow/day.
 Quoting: Petyermouse


WOW, that has gone way up.
 Quoting: Desert Fox


We have a great herdsman and a really good nutritionist, plus we grow our own crops so we have control on the quality of feed. What was the average back in the 70's? Have you been to a bigger farm recently? The technological advancements are unreal.
 Quoting: Petyermouse

55 to 60 lbs. No I haven't but have watched a show on TV of a modern dairy farm, and was amazed at the changes. We, SURGE, were ahead of everyone back then. De laval was copying our tech. I loved the business. I grew up on a dirt farm so I just fell in love with the smell of a dairy farm. Pigs, nope.
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Thanks for the karma, guys! What exactly does it mean?
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People like a thread. Normally when I get green karma I return same to the giver.
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What vaccines do you give your calves and cows?

cowhayseed
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Re: I'm a dairy farmer. Ask me a question
Thank you for your response.

Are you married--you said no kids.

Are you happy with farming?

Do you keep any milk for your own use--like raw milk or milk to make your own butter or do you buy your own milk back after it's processed?

Do you want kids?

Do you have plans to change your operations or stay pretty much the same?

How old are you?

Planting season--hay and straw for your cows?

Do you have any other animals Dogs, cats, goats, chickens?

Do you save some cattle for your own use (to eat)?

Are your families farms all connected or close?

Your relatives kids--home schooled or public school?

I've heard the farmers life is very hard, how many hours do you work a week?

Do you barter with neighbors? Like mild for chicken eggs?

Thanks so much!!
hfbumphf
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1. Not married, have a girlfriend though.
2. I love farming. I'm outside everyday, I get to keep in shape without going to the gym (I actually get paid to do it, it's hard work but very fulfilling, and I'm proud to continue the work my dad, and his dad, and his dad's dad started.
3. I'll get a jug of milk for cereal and occasionally just to drink, but I'm not a HUGE fan of milk. I don't buy it in the store, but I do buy butter. I don't turn our milk into cheese or butter myself.
4. I do want kids
5. I'm 29
6. About 400 acres of alfalfa and 800 acres of corn
7. I have an awesome golden retriever named Zeus
8. I don't, but my brother raises steers and sells beef. I buy some from him and it's literally the best meat I've ever had.
9. My family owns 1 farm. 2 of my 3 brothers work on it with me.
10. Public
11. It is very hard. My hours per week vary greatly. During the winter (currently) I'm at 40 hours a week, but during spring and summer I average between 50-60, and during harvest it can get over 70 hours a week. Of course, it varies due to weather/mechanical problems.
12. No we don't barter. Not really a need.a
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What vaccines do you give your calves and cows?

cowhayseed
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I'd honestly give you the answer if I knew it, but that's one of the few areas where I'm unsure of.
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Sorry, I forgot to answer that one. Our herd average is about 80 pounds/cow/day.
 Quoting: Petyermouse


WOW, that has gone way up.
 Quoting: Desert Fox


We have a great herdsman and a really good nutritionist, plus we grow our own crops so we have control on the quality of feed. What was the average back in the 70's? Have you been to a bigger farm recently? The technological advancements are unreal.
 Quoting: Petyermouse

55 to 60 lbs. No I haven't but have watched a show on TV of a modern dairy farm, and was amazed at the changes. We, SURGE, were ahead of everyone back then. De laval was copying our tech. I loved the business. I grew up on a dirt farm so I just fell in love with the smell of a dairy farm. Pigs, nope.
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We actually had a few different production companies come to our farm with interest in doing a reality show and a mini documentary, but it didn't pan out. Probably for the better. People turn into huge douche bags when they are on TV, I might not have been any different.
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Rbh referred to above is rbst. Uts use is extremely low Now. It is safe for cow and people but all but gone these days. Cows on modern farms are very Well cared for . Tech is getting used at a very high rate it would amaze you but it still reuires extremely long hours. I left t'he farm last summer. 80 hours per week is normal. Now i Sell supplies to dairy farners someres as large as 11000 milking cows and they are all family owned and operated with extremely good care to t'he animals producing a safe high quality product .
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Rbh referred to above is rbst. Uts use is extremely low Now. It is safe for cow and people but all but gone these days. Cows on modern farms are very Well cared for . Tech is getting used at a very high rate it would amaze you but it still reuires extremely long hours. I left t'he farm last summer. 80 hours per week is normal. Now i Sell supplies to dairy farners someres as large as 11000 milking cows and they are all family owned and operated with extremely good care to t'he animals producing a safe high quality product .
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You're right. Farming isn't as bad as what people make it out to be. Everyone would be amazed at the hoops you have to jump through to make sure all the agencies are happy.
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Vau cines typically are for ecoli pnumonia dhiarea std s in cattle among or others .
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I couldn't agree more, my husband always calls them "unreality shows", it gets sad to see what people will do for money.

Thank you again for answering all my tedious questions, but really is great to get to know you a bit--glad you enjoy your work, I believe our society is worse for wear because so many don't have a deep family grounding like farmers on land that has been in the family for many generations.
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I love milk,and chocolate and just wanted to say thanks!
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What are hay prices like in your area this year?

We are paying up to $80 for a 800 lb 4x5 round, last year more like $25.
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You're very welcome! hf
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What are hay prices like in your area this year?

We are paying up to $80 for a 800 lb 4x5 round, last year more like $25.
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We grow our own so I couldn't tell you. I did hear from other people that it's pretty outrageous though.
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Ask away motha fuckaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas
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you ever fist your cows for any reason?... And wouldn't that be considered animal abuse?..

Or is the word "abuse" abused?
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What are hay prices like in your area this year?

We are paying up to $80 for a 800 lb 4x5 round, last year more like $25.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34471515


We grow our own so I couldn't tell you. I did hear from other people that it's pretty outrageous though.
 Quoting: Petyermouse


what was the hay yield like in your area last year?
We were about 60% of normal here in central ontario.
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What are hay prices like in your area this year?

We are paying up to $80 for a 800 lb 4x5 round, last year more like $25.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 34471515


We grow our own so I couldn't tell you. I did hear from other people that it's pretty outrageous though.
 Quoting: Petyermouse


what was the hay yield like in your area last year?
We were about 60% of normal here in central ontario.
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I'd say %60 is an accurate estimate of our alfalfa yield last year.
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