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South Poll Cattle

Pregnancy Check Results

On November 20th, we had the vet out and pregnancy checked all of our cows. They were exposed to bulls for 90 days. The older cows did fairly well with a breed-back of 91.41%. We were pleased with this number.In the past we have always had the largest percentage of our opens come from our

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St. Croix Sheep

Mobile Waterer for Sheep

Water is money. On our farm without water we have nothing. We recently leased a farm that has 760 acres of grass. It has one small pond on it, all the way on the southern edge. From the pond to the north boundary is 1.4 miles. When we put cattle on this farm, we can

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Livestock Guardian Dogs

Predators: A Successful Approach

The biggest threat to our sheep is predators. Here in east central Ohio our biggest concerns are coyotes, bobcats, fox and most of all black headed buzzards. Some folk use donkeys and others say llamas work for them. For us, nothing compares to guard dogs, their bark alone will keep predators away. To be honest,

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St. Croix Sheep

Sheep Year-Round Management

Every year lambing season starts May 1st. We lamb outside on pasture when the weather is warm, and the spring grasses are productive. Lambing season typically lasts for three weeks. During these three weeks we stay out of our lambing fields as much as possible.  We only go in the lambing field to move the

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South Poll Cattle

Heifer Development

Each year we keep our entire heifer crop. Bulls are put in with the heifers July 24th for 30 days. This allows only the most fertile heifers to breed, typically around 50%. The heifers that do not breed are finished and sold through our retail business @farmandtable. Everyone seems to think they can pick out

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South Poll Cattle

Cow Herd Year-Round Management

Calving season starts May 1st each year. By calving in May and June, we align the peak energy of our grass growth with the peak nutritional requirements of our cows. Since we moved our calving season from March to May we have gone from an overall breed back percentage of 71% to 89%. The biggest

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