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Calving season improved after a sad start

Eppich News: Extra attention was needed to get cattle through a cold February

February was cold! Temperatures were frigid and the wind was terrible. On Feb. 17 we bedded our corrals and sorted off our heifers to keep them up front where we could keep an eye on them. It was a good thing but for a different reason than we had in mind. On Feb.19 we doctored […] Read more


Made-on-the-farm device for handling wire

Used parts here, sucker rod there, and a bit of welding

Building new fence can be a big job and can require different tools that a rancher or farmer doesn’t always own. For example, new fence requires a system to unroll the wire. Rather than purchase an unroller, we decided to try to make one. My father-in-law, John, built a very simple unroller that we could […] Read more



Spring pasture fenced and ready

February got cold and then got colder

January turned out to be a decent month for a variety of projects. On Jan. 14 the temperature was liveable and the wind was down so we decided it would be a good day to skin an old, crippled cow for our friends Bill and Betty. We were supposed to get to her earlier so […] Read more


Banding worked well for dehorning

Cattle displayed some discomfort but it didn't last long

Cattle with horns can be anything from an irritant to a real problem for producers. They are usually more aggressive than the polled or dehorned animals because they know they have a weapon. They can hurt other cattle by head butting them to get them to move away from feed or water. They can also […] Read more



Tips for fencing on frozen ground

It may take a little longer, but at least the job gets done

With the 2018 harvest dragging out into late fall and a backlog of fall work to do, we weren’t too excited about trying our fencing project in the winter. We had over three miles of fence that needed to be built before spring. Our biggest concern was that the frost would be too deep and […] Read more




Some chores are planned, some aren’t

Tending cows, horses, bulls and buying heifers keep days busy

On November 11 we took a day off from fencing and drove up to Maidstone to visit David and Maxine Mitchell and pick out a few bred heifers. This will be our third year buying heifers from River Bridge Herefords and we have been very happy with them. A few days later we brought our […] Read more


Little improvement in early October weather

The Eppich News: Moving some cattle, and trying not to share too much barley with the geese

There was no combining the end of September. Instead we worked on fencing projects and started hauling some of our bales home. Sept. 28: We brought all of our Landis ditch bales home. It’s nice to have them at home instead of in a snow-filled ditch 20 miles away. Sept. 29: We skinned two of […] Read more



Haying wrapped up, harvest begins

The Eppich News: Rain interruption provided opportunity to check cattle

August turned out to be a warm, dry, smoky month. While Gregory finished the swathing, I worked on baling. The fields were too rough to take Joseph along in the baler, so he had to spend most of the time with Grandma and Grandpa. In the end, all the scrambling looks like it’s going to […] Read more


Ease new cattle into the herd

Give cows time and space to sort out pecking order

Cows can be very aggressive, especially when establishing a pecking order, so you need to watch how new and especially pregnant animals are integrated into an established herd. Two cows fighting can result in a cow losing the calf because of the direct hits to the belly by the other cow’s head; a cow slipping […] Read more