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Date:12/20/2014 11:27:15 AM
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Hello Keiko!
What do you mean "when will summer end?" Its barely started here!! This July is one on the coolest- we didn't even hit 90 once this month!! That's only happened 6 times before!! It is kind of nice in a way but its just not right!! The other day it was about 80 and I thought I was melting!! I haven't "toughened up" cuz its just been too cool!! When I came home this AM (about 2) it was 46!!! And DRY!! But without the heat/humidity we can't make a decent rain cloud- oh sure we have a "chance" of "scattered" showers but thats just a teaser. My pasture isn't doing a thing. We're feeding hay or haylage to all the critters.

While it sucks you got bad hay, at least they're gonna work with you. Don't you love stacking hay in 90+ weather? My dad likes to make very tight alfalfa bales that weigh 90-100lbs or better! Yea, I don't lift them very far. I want to help stack but its just not gonna happen. I can Drag them to the elevator or roll them off the wagon but I can only lift a few just so high and I'm done!! At least we only stack them in the shed and not on the rack too. We have a baler with a thrower- throws them into the hayrack and away we go!!

So what breed of cattle is your natural beef? That makes a difference too. I was talking to our Amish neighbor the other day and he really likes Jersey beef. He says its so much finer than other meat and he likes the taste. I've heard that Jersey has a different taste,too. Another guy I know likes raising HoJos (holstein/jersy cross) and says that is so good. We have a 3/4 Hol. 1/4 Jersey stag(1 nut hadn't dropped when we castrated so he got to keep it and the testoerone from it). I told Dad we should butcher him for ourselves and see how it is or get 1 lb from the Amish. I wish you were closer so I could send you some to try:) Then if you get a J milkcow, you can eat the bull calves! Well, maybe not, they are awfull cute when they're bbs. I had a chance at a jersy bull calf and I turned it down cuz I knew he would be another pet steer;)

Well have a good day and stay cool- and if the AC quits- go sit in the water tank! ;)
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