Jekyll's Day

I had a request for a day following Jekyll.  It's difficult to describe what a typical day looks like in Jekyll's life.  I have a hard time describing that for myself, but Jekyll has even less of an idea of what is going to happen each day.

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Day- Late

This week, has been a big week. Brandon has been getting you all informed on the AI program and how it all works and this week we put all of that information to use.

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Buckets of Fun

The last two weeks we have talked about AIing heifers and I want to stick with the heifers for another week because they are the only group of cows that aren't out there eating spring grass yet.

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No Bull Pt. 2

Last week I told you that we were going to talk about the process of AI and I will.  Sorry if it seems kind of brief, but I am a little worn our from the days events.  The process of AI is fairly straightforward so it shouldn't take long.

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No Bull Pt. 1

I want to delve into a big topic starting this week and I will expand on the actual process next week.  I know that some of you may not be used to talking about reproductive biology so openly, but try to keep in mind that I have grown up talking about the science of breeding.  I get uncomfortable when humans come up and my mouth is suddenly wired shut.  When it's cows, it's just another day on the ranch.

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Salt Lick Study

Salt is vital to humans and cows alike.  Cattle need an average of three to four ounces of salt per day.  It is essential for biological processes.  Every aspect of cattle performance is impacted if they are deficient in salt:  growth, reproduction, and even carcass quality.  

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Don't Forget About the Bulls

The weather has been nicer lately, but today brought snow again.  It wasn't much, but it was wet and sticky.  Tonight is supposed to bring more, with NOAA forecasting 3-5 inches of snow.  Today also brought many more calves.  The cows are calving rapidly now and keeping us busy.  The big news of the day came from my brother:  the last heifer has calved!

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Will to Live

The last week has brought a lot of new baby calves and warmer weather so calving has been going better.  It also brought a certain calf that will be the focus of this week's post.  It has many more challenges than a normal calf, but the good news is that it has been handling them quite well.

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A Break from Calving (For You)

Calves, calves, muck, calves, snow, cows, water, ice, calves, mud, manure, calves.  There.  Now you are all caught up on the past week.  To keep from boring you with week after week of calving, I thought I would share a story from a few years ago.

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