Pete progress


No photos today…8/20/2013. just a brief progress report on Pete….

Monday evening he saw me pick up the buckets with the soaked beet pulp and greeted me with a loud whinny…..

That whinny got Star Babies attention and she galloped to the stable….Perkins trotted along behind.

The brush abatement crew is a serious challenge to Pete in competition for his groceries…..they gobble theirs down and then try to steal his….So last night I let him out into the yard and pulled his feed pan out as well….

He followed me around until I put feed in his pan….after eating he walked around the yard a little bit….he is walking much better but is still lame in the off front….He even ran a bit very briefly playing with the dogs.

I thought he would graze as there is an abundance of grass in the yard and it needs mowing again already but is too wet to mow….he grazed a little but mostly just investigated and looked things over…..

he could not have been too hungry as he had consumed a half bale of hay yesterday, leaving little waste….and Pete is not a big horse….

I lef thim out and went to feed the bull calves….when I came back and was in the stable hanging more hay for him …here he comes walking into the front side of the stable….he had figured out where the feed comes from…..I went ahead and let him back inot the stall that he has run in access to.

I have ordered his vaccines and a round of fall wormer for everybody from Jeffers….should be here today….

Was tickled to see that the brush abatement crew was still in the lot where they had been placed….the panel additions worked and better news is that they have not challenged the electric fence on the back side of that lot….there is hope…

also moved the cows to the next summer cover grazing strip….they had really cleaned up the first one more than I had anticipated….but they did tread down a lot of stalks and residue….when they finish that field I will resow it with fall cover crops…..our fall seed shipment should be here within a week.

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Another new Neighbor


 

  

REMINDER …CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO SEE IT LARGER…..USE YOUR BROWER BACK BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE BLOG. As Marie said,,,,I guess we have another new neighbor !!!!! On Saturday a new denizen to what Jack use to call my menagerie arrived.  This is a little quarter horse who needed some help…he has been in a pasture with one other horse for quite some time and has been neglected.  He is as sweet as he can be and nearly that lame.Jim and Colleen Leahy found a home for the mare and Stewart and I said we would take care of this little gelding. I have started calling him Pete….which is short for Palladin Perkins Pal Peter Pinto.  With a few treats and a couple of feedings he is already starting to look to me when I call Pete.  And he has figured out that if I hold my hand out I have a treat.

PALLADIN PERKINS PAL PETER PINTO  "PETE"

PALLADIN PERKINS PAL PETER PINTO “PETE”

 This is a pretty good side view.  He is not a bad little horse If we can get him sound and get some weight on him.  Jim Leahey had thrown the two of them a salt block and they had really worked on it in the last two days.  I started him on beet pulp and mineral last night….he has figured out what a bucket is for….

A GOOD SIDE VIEW OF PETE

A GOOD SIDE VIEW OF PETE

 It is going to take a few trips to the grocery store to get him in shape….with him and Perkins it will be like feeding two teenagers…..I will spend the nesxt couple of weeks working him up onto some real groceries….last night he got soaked beet pulp and mineral and 4 ounces of vegetable oil.  HE has free choice orchardgrass and timothy hay in front of him 24 7.  He has pooped so he is not colicy.  When they moved the other horse away he did some running and sored his bad feet. a few trips to the grocery store will help

  His feet are pretty bad….at first I htought he was foundered….but now not so much….he is really lame on the off front and sore on all four

 FRONT FEET NEED WORK

 

There are scars from previous abcesses.  Where they were is somewhat swampy and wet and I think he probably has another abcess brewing….we will get it taken care of…..I have already called my farrier….

old abcess scar

He does not mind the goats and so I put them back into the small pen with him…..I thought Star Baby and the donkeys were okay with the goats but when Pete arrived she became boss mare and started chasing everybody and kicked one of the goats.  no damage apparent ….but I put them in with Pete to be on the safe side.

does not mind the goats

I have made some progress with the goats….for now they are staying in the pen with Pete….this is in no small part to my cutting and attaching cattle panels to the bottom of the corral panels in all ht eplaces the goats like to crawl under and come into the yard.  They have doen a number on the grape vines and my azaleas at the stable.   They were still in with Pete this morning instead of standing under the cow barn where I have found them the last six days…. also walked them up into the woods and some of the places i actually want them and they stayed out there for about an hour and looked around….they were barn raised goats and it will take a while for them to adjust.

Apache and Dee Dee are upset because In goat proofing I also eliminated their access to the pastures on the horse side because those places the goats used were the same places the dogs used to go our there…..

left to right….Nimrod, Nellie and Nancy

goats Nimrod Nellie and Nancy left to right

they managed to regraze the summer cover crop buckets again….the same ones the cows got to last week……oh well….it is raining today and they got a good rain last night and they will come back out….

goats grazed the summer buckets again

speakeing of buckets…..these are the cool season cover crops I planted last week….they are coming along nicely…..they were not far enough along to draw the attention of the goats, thank goodness….

buckets one week

And we started grazing the big lot with the summer cover on Friday morning.  I took the bush hog and cut two paths and put up two hot wires…..I took two ten foot tall PVC pipes and stood them up to see where I was aiming to as I cut the path fo rthe fences…..cows went into it and I did not see them for 24 hours.  this morning it looks like this…..it looks like they have stripped it but I know they have walked a lot of it down and there should be a lot of residue on the ground.  I will evaluate this evening and determine when to open th enext strip.

grazing the summer cover

Two mature cows and two heifers….mine is a yearling heifer and the red is Courts and she is just a weanling…..four animals and they went through that stuff like Sherman went thru Georgia….

I have not planted any grass or cover crops this weekend….the lot the horses just came out of got a lot of residue stomped down and it really does not need a cover….nor does the one the cows just came out of…..the patch I planted up by the road is starting to show good growth and the buckwheat is blooming nicely.  I probably should go out and scatter some seed but we had 9/10 of an inch last night and it is drizzling now and I don’t want to tear up any fields and the cover needs to be gotten to the soil and or covered…..

2 cows 2 heifers, 3 days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIPE DREAM FARM SHOTS 8 11 2013


BELOW ARE A FEW SHOTS TAKEN THIS MORNING AROUND THE FARM….

BELOW ARE 12 NEW COVER CROP BUCKETS PLANTED FOR DISPAY AT THE VIRGINIA STATE FAIR……I WILL BE THERE ON THE AFTERNOON OF OCT 2 I BELIEVE, TO TALK ABOUT COVER CROPS WITH ANYONE WHO CARES TO STOP BY….WILL HAVE THESE 12 AND THE TWO SUMMER COVER CROP BUCKETS IN THE BACKGROUND AS WELL….THEY ARE RECOVERING AFTER BEING GRAZED ONE DAY LAST WEEK….MY CATTLE MANAGER HAD LEFT THE GATE OPEN AND THE COWS WERE MUNCHING OUT ON THE BUCKETS ONE DAY WHEN i GOT HOME FROM WORK….

12 NEW FALL COVER CROP MIXES PLANTED FOR DISPLAY AT THE VIRGINIA STATE FAIR

12 NEW FALL COVER CROP MIXES PLANTED FOR DISPLAY AT THE VIRGINIA STATE FAIR

BELOW IS THE NEW BRUSH ABATEMENT CREW….THEY JUST CAME IN TODAY FROM LOUISA….MOTHER NANCY WITH TWO OFFSPRING NELLY AND NIMROD….SPOTTED NUBIANS….PRETTY CALM AND 1600 LB STAR BABY IS RUNNING AND SNORTING LIKE THEY ARE LIONS….LOL
BRUSH ABATEMENT CREW ASSESSMENT

COVER PLANTED TWO WEEKS AGO…BUCKWHEAT VERY VISIBLE AND SORGHUM AND MILLET JUST COMING UP….CLOVER IS SPROUTING BUT TOO SMALL TO SEE IN PHOTO.
BUCKWHEAT COMING UP

THE PEARL MILLET IS CATCHING THE SORGHUM SUDAN IN HEIGHT….GOING TO BEGIN TO GRAZ IT NEST WEEKEND…
MILLET CATCHING THE SORGHUM SUDAN

ANOTHER SHOT OF THE NEW BRUSH ABATEMENT CREW….I AM GOING TO LEAVE THEM ALONE UNTIL THEY GET ACCLIMATED AND THE DONKEYS AND HORSES GET USED TO THEM….THEN THEY WILL ALL GO TOGETHER. ALSO HAVE TO GET A VET TO MAKE NIMROD WETHER TIGHT.
NEW BRUSH ABATEMENT CREW

SECOND SHOT OF THE NEW COVER BUCKETS AND THE TWO SUMMER BUCKETS. BY THE WAY….SOIL IS FROM A VDOT PILE OF ROAD DITCH CLEANINGS AMENDED WITH A LITTLE HORSE MANURE….SEEDS SPREAD ON TOP AND HAY MULCH TO COVER THE SEED.
NEW BUCKETS AND SAUMMER BUCKETS

THESE ARE THE NEWLY PLANTED ROOT BOXES….I CUT DOWN THE SUMMER COVER AND FILLED THE BOXES LEVEL FULL AND SCATTERED SEED AND MULCHED….THE ROOT BOXES HAVE REMOVABLE PANELS TO SHOW ROOT PENETRATION INTO THE SOIL….
THESE MAY GO TO THE FAIR AS WELL BUT WERE PLANTED FOR AN NRCS CLASS.
NEWLY PLANTED ROOT BOXES

FIELD DAY AT SOUTHERN PIEDMONT AG RESEARCH STATION 8 7 2013


BELOW ARE A FEW OF THE SHOTS I TOOK AT THE SOUTHERN PIEDMEONT AG RESEARCH STATION FIELD DAY ON AUG 7 2013.
JUST A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH PHOTO AS i HAVE MORE TO DOWNLOAD AND ANOTHER POST TO MAKE YET TODAY.

THIS WAS A SHOT OF DR. BRIAN CAMPBELL JUST AFTER THE BULL HAD ENCOURAGED HIM TO GET OUT OF HIS SPACE.

BULL WANTED HIS SPACE

THIS WAS A SHOT FROM THE TRAM AS WE GOT CLOSER TO THE NEW FACILITY

CLOSER TO THE BARN

THIS WAS A HOT OF A MIXED SPECIES FORAGE PLOT. BMR SORGHUM PLANTED WITH SOY BEANS AND COW PEAS AND SUNFLOWERS

COWPEAS 2

ANOTHER SHOT OF COWPEAS AND SORGHUM

COWPEAS AND SHRGHUM

THE CROWD LOOKS AT THE NEW FACILITIES

CROWD LOOKS AT THE SWEEP

THESE WERE A PAIR OF HEIFERS FROM VA DOC USED FOR BODY CONDITION SACORING
DOC HEIFERS 2

ANOTHER SHOT OF THE HEIFERS
DOC HEIFERS 3

YET ANOTHER SHOT OF THE HEIFERS….THESE ARE TWO YEAR OLD HEIFERS DUE TO CALVE THIS FALL

DOC HIFERS 1

dR bRIAN cAMPBELL

DR BRIAN CAMPBELL

DR CHRIS TEUTSCH SHOQING A SUNFLOWER IN THE bmr FORAGE MIX AND DISCUSSING WHY THE MIX

DR TUETSCH AND SUNFLOWER

S AHOT OF THE CROWD STUDYING THE FORAGE MIX
FOLKS STUDYING

THERE WAS A GOOD CROWD ON HAND FOR THE EVENT AND THE NICE BARBECUE LUNCH
GOOD CROWD

ANOTHER SHOT OF THE WORKING FACILITIES

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THIS IS A VIEW DOWN THE ROW….THIS FORAGE WAS PLANTED IN 30 INCH ROWS BUT IT LOOKED THICKER….PEOPLE WERE WALKING DOWN AND INTENTIONALLY UNPLANTED ROW
LOOKED THICKER THAN 30 IN ROWS

THIS WAS MY FIRST SHOT OF THE DWARF BMR SORGHUM…i LIKE IT….NEXT YEAR…..
MIXED CROP SORGHUM

THIS WAS A SHOT FROM THE TROLLEY OF MY FIRST SIGHT OF THE NEW FACILITY
NEW BARN FROM AFAR

THIS IS A PENDLETON BRED BULL BELONGING TO VA DOC….LOOKS LIKE HE CAME FROM QUAKER HILL FARM…
PENDLETON BRED BULL

A PRETTY VIEW FROM THE BARN
PRETTY VIEW FROM THE BARN

THERE WERE SOY BEANS GROWING IN THIS SORGHUM THAT WERE AS TALL AS ME….
SOY BEAN TALL AS ME

ANOTHER SHOT OF THE THE DWAFR BMR SORGHUM
SPAREC DWARF BMR SORGHUM

A BIG SUNFLOWER DROOPED INTO THE SORGHUM
SUNFLOWER

VIEWING THE SORGHUM
VIEWING SORGHUM

ONE OF SEVERAL CATTLE FROST FREE WATER TROUGHS INSTALLED TO FACILITATE ROTATIONAL GRAZING
WATER TROUGH HIGH AND DRY

Part of a world weather system project run by the university

WEATHER STATION

RATHER BE LUCKY THAN GOOD


sometimes I woud rather be lucky than good….

This might be one of those times….

Back in the late winter I went to visit these folks and they had four horses and some dirt lots….

I preached my standard sermon on what it takes to grow grass and I could tell they were listening….(you can also tell when folks are not listening…)

They asked a lot of questions and we had several e-mail exchanges and this spring they even came to my house to see how I was doing some of the things I had discussed with them….

This past week I passed by their house and had to stop to take these photos…..I have not talked to them lately and cannot say exactly what they have done….and we have had mnarvelous rain all this summer and with this being the 11th of August we should be good into the fall….

But just look at the marvelous grass they have……they have even had to mow it…..

these were basicly dirt lots at the beginning of the year….

    GREAT JOB !!!!!!

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