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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:04 pm

We found one of the steers we were fattening dead the other day. It appears that he got bored with grass, hay, and corn + Oat feed and started chewing on the wooden parts of the enclosure, pulled a top board off and ingested a nail. This punctured the digestive tract and he bled out.

This is a rare occurrence for us, but it does happen. I hear about it mostly in dairy cattle (they live longer), if anyone is starting out with cattle, be aware that this can happen.

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Post by Sonshine on Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:30 am

I'm sorry you lost your steer.

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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:16 am

Thanks, it was quite a shock. He was fine at the morning feeding, then by mid-afternoon he had passed.

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Post by kasilofhome on Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:22 am

Oh my, Do not think me cruel but a steer is meat so I guess that was to be his fate. Were you able to salvage the meat?

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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:30 am

umm no, since we are unsure of how long the intestinal track was leaking, and how warm it was around when he died and being unsure of exact time of death we decided to just to bury the steer.

Yes he was fated for the table, via the meat locker and freezer, but he was one of five for this year, and one of 200 head of cattle. From a food and financial stand point it was an insignificant loss (based only on cold facts)

We have only lost a handful in my lifetime, and this is the first we have lost out of the feed lot. (The family farm has been in the cattle business since '72) To my knowledge we have only lost one other cow to ingesting sharp metal objects.

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Post by kasilofhome on Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:38 am

I just wonder because I am a stickler about knowing and being present at the time of Death. Dh thinks that I am very over the top. I would rather avoid road kill moose becuase there is alot of internal damage. I am glad that it is not a major set back to your preps and lifestyle. I am sure he was cared for and loved.

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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:48 am

My grandfather told me once, 30 some odd years ago, "take care of your animals, and they will take care of you." So yes they are all cared for, and cared about deeply (we are what was once called "Gentleman Farmers")

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Post by Sonshine on Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:49 am

I believe God calls us to be humane to our animals. I like the term Gentleman Farmer. I'd never heard that before.

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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:45 am

Sonshine wrote:I believe God calls us to be humane to our animals. I like the term Gentleman Farmer. I'd never heard that before.
Shocked really???

I cannot offer a firm definition but examples of what is and is not a Gentleman farmer:

A gentleman (or gentle person if you prefer) farmer is one who is not a public drunk, one who puts the well fare of the animals in his charge on equal footing to his own, one who uses chemicals in a careful and responsible manner, if at all. In my grandfathers day these were the farmers who when they went to town for parts of supplies (even when in a hurry due to a break down) were clean shaven, and in proper goin' to town clothes, not dusty dirty overalls, ripped shirts, etc.

Basically a gentleman in all aspects who enjoyed all facets of farming, and cared for the animals, and the soil.

Others simply pushed the resources to exhaustion and moved on to a new piece of ground, or a new herd as they sold the entire herd every year or two and bought new in the spring, never concerned about genetics of a herd, nor a crop.

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Post by Rohn on Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:01 pm

Sorry you lost your steer. At least he didn't die from some disease that could have been passed on to other animals.
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Post by 12acrehome on Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:05 am

thanks Rohn

With 200 (ish) head on 280 acres the over crowding and diseases heard about on "industrial" type farms is just not a problem with our operation.

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