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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



Fall projects are off to a good start

The Eppich News: Good progress made with a major fencing job

The end of October brought us some much-needed nice weather. We were able to finish harvest, but it took a lot of fiddling around, trying some here and then trying some there. Finally the crop dried to a moisture level that we could handle. We took every truck and trailer that would hold grain out […] 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



Harvest slowed by rain and snow

The Eppich News: Time needed to deal with horse injuries and fencing

We found ourselves madly swathing and combining at the end of August. The beginning of September brought a few light showers but we were able to keep trudging onward. We never got started very early thanks to the light showers and the heavy dew, but we were still able to put in some good days. […] 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



Breeding season begins

With moisture to help the grass, cows and bulls head out to pasture

May turned out to be a warm month. We were lucky enough to get several rainstorms toward the end of May and beginning of June — very happy to get the much-needed moisture. On May 12 our last Bannerlane heifer calved. There was only one foot presented so we put her in the maternity pen […] Read more


Green grass, birthdays and branding

Calving is finished and cattle finally head out to pasture

This calving season has had its challenges for sure. The temperature rose drastically in the middle of April and caused a lot of runoff, leaving our home pasture very wet. We held the cows and calves in the corral for as long as we could because we don’t have any natural windbreak or protection in […] Read more