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 41 
 on: November 18, 2017, 06:25:54 PM 
Started by Chanda - Last post by dcwolcott
Good luck with your shipping cows!  Stay safe!

Too bad you're having such difficulty with the girls.  I hope you can figure it out without having to do the special ordering, just to make it easier on you.   ;pray

 42 
 on: November 18, 2017, 06:10:22 PM 
Started by Chanda - Last post by Chanda
I got 10 bales of Tiffton 44 (a type of coastal bermuda hay) for Spanky early October.  I knew it had been left to dry too long (looked like last year hay!) but he's just starting in the hay business and I wanted to experiment.

Welllllllll........that hasn't turned out to be such a good idea.   :-\ :-\  Spanky is all ribs, hip bones and bony toplines. Coat is rough and I'm going to have to treat for rain rot. 

The Bermuda hays can be too low in protein, especially for minis; but luckily, you can boost protein and nutrients by adding alfalfa in any form.  You're lucky to have a TSC close by, they have all sorts of bagged forages that can boost nutrients; they have chopped, baled, pellets and cubes in a variety of "flavors".   We have drought hay this year, so it's very poor, but since it was a drought, just so glad to have hay.   Being you only have one mini, you could conceivably buy all your hay/forage at TSC;  yes it would cost more than local hay, but you would know what you are getting, and have a good chance at refund or exchange if you get a bad batch.  Not all TSCs carry the different varieties of forages, but every store should have some variety (or possibly be able to order in - I think anything on-line can be ordered and shipped to store, and I think that is free).

 43 
 on: November 18, 2017, 05:15:54 PM 
Started by Chanda - Last post by Silver City Heritage Farm
I got 10 bales of Tiffton 44 (a type of coastal bermuda hay) for Spanky early October.  I knew it had been left to dry too long (looked like last year hay!) but he's just starting in the hay business and I wanted to experiment.

Welllllllll........that hasn't turned out to be such a good idea.   :-\ :-\  Spanky is all ribs, hip bones and bony toplines. Coat is rough and I'm going to have to treat for rain rot.  I've only had issues with his coat when he is too thin, so I know that's what it is.  So I'm going to have to figure out a way to bathe him and dry him out quick. I'm going to check out the bathing room at Tractor Supply (TSC) and see how it's set up. If they have a Turbo Drier, I may just try to do him there.  I'll let y'all know how that works out.

As for hay, I think I'll go back to buying from the feed store, since I have just the one mini AT THIS MOMENT.... >:D >:D >:D  My husband has finally agreed to consider a round bale. (More secret hand rubbing and chuckling..... >:D >:D)  If it looks and smells like last years did, I'll use that as my base, add alfalfa and continue with the senior feed that I haven't yet finished.  My plan is to start conditioning him now, so I can get to a couple of rated shows next year.  I really want to try him in the stock horse division.  If it wasn't required to show in a harness class, I'd keep him for the draft classes.

I'll update here as we go along with the new feed plan.  Remind me to post some progress pictures.

 44 
 on: November 18, 2017, 05:00:07 PM 
Started by Carly Rae - Last post by Silver City Heritage Farm
She looks like she's been rubbing and leaning....look at that bushy tail!  Boy has that point gotten pointier and more forward. Bag looks good and ready.  Her expression, even while eating, is very preoccupied and inward focused. Much more pronounced than it was in the last pictures. She's definitely ready any day now.

Here's your prayers for easy and safe foaling!!

 45 
 on: November 18, 2017, 03:36:06 PM 
Started by Chanda - Last post by Chanda
I have one border sewn all around, looking at adding a border to the sides (it's currently long and skinny, so needs to be widened a bit).   Thinking just the animal circle print on the sides for now, not quite sure how I'll splice to length, as the pieces laid out, are the length I have.

 46 
 on: November 18, 2017, 02:16:55 PM 
Started by Chanda - Last post by Chanda
Well, looks like I might change up my feed again.   The Trail Mix isn't working for the mares like it did in the past, they are thin in the ribs and bit bony on top.  I ordered a ration balancer to top dress their feed for the added protein, so if I'm going back to a ration balancer to top up their feed, I might as well try them on the Equis Complete or senior that the local store carries, so I don't have to special order.  I can get the Progressive ProAdvantage grass formula from the place that delivers monthy or a local guy when he isn't having delivery issues.  All else fails, I can switch to Buckeye Gro N Win, and order from Chewy.com.   I don't know why or understand why I have so much trouble feeding the minis, especially the mares, but I sure seem to.  The geldings are on senior with vit/min supplement to cover the bases since they only get a small amount, they are all chubby with good hair coat, but they are only about 1 bale into this year's hay, so may need an increase in pellets to cover what the drought year hay lacks.   The little stallion is doing very well on the equis senior, probably just needs more of it, now that he's not eating as much hay as he used to; but I do give him some soaked hay cubes (he quids what long-stem hay he does eat). 
I was going to add beet pulp to their winter ration to improve their fiber quality and help with hydration, so I bought a bag of beet pulp, and it smelled off and the color and texture was wrong.  Called the place I bought it, and didn't get much of a response, they were like a wet noodle, so I'm feeding it to my bum calf, he doesn't seem to mind it.  After talking about it with a friend, decided that it was probably overcooked in the pelleting process, so it's essentially burnt; that doesn't explain the texture, but would explain the smell and might explain the color.   I might try beet pulp again, but it won't be what's available locally.   [We are shipping calves in about 10 days, so I'll be able to stock up at a TSC.  I have a coupon for Standlee products, so will use it before it expires the end of the month.]    Wish "good" feeds were available locally, it would make my life so much easier.
Guess that's all for now.

 47 
 on: November 18, 2017, 09:12:59 AM 
Started by elizabeth.conder - Last post by Holly
Sure do hope you see some improvement. Please keep us updated on his progress.

 48 
 on: November 17, 2017, 06:15:59 AM 
Started by dcwolcott - Last post by Holly
I would agree. Quality environment, feed and husbandry can make a huge difference as well as attending the birth.
 I would bring her home, have her BSE and or flushed. Maybe a round of SMZ as a preventative.

 49 
 on: November 16, 2017, 07:26:13 PM 
Started by dcwolcott - Last post by dcwolcott
Thanks Ryan.  I couldn't say it any better.   :D :D

 50 
 on: November 16, 2017, 06:06:00 PM 
Started by Carly Rae - Last post by Holly
Shouldn't be much longer!!

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