A Calving Guide – Ranching and Farming Sayings and Phrases

In Montana farm/ranch vernacular, calving has its own special lingo. This Calving guide is designed to help outsiders get a better idea of what happens during calving on Montana ranches.

Calving means that cows and heifers (those cows birthing their first young) are having their calves. In many operations this is synchronized by A-I (artificial insemination) so the heifers will calve within a three-week period. A full calving period – including heifers and cows – usually lasts about two months, starting for some in January, for others in May. The answer to “How far along are you?” gives you an indication of when calving started at that ranch.

Once calving gets underway, cows are moved to the drop pasture, a smaller pasture that’s close to the calving shed, a barn with separate stalls. At night, they are brought into a calving corral so the night calver – the person who pulls the all-night shift – can check them regularly. If it

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How Can I Make Money With Farm Livestock?

Business minded people are constantly asking how they can make money raising livestock. The answer is it is very much possible to make money from livestock farming. A lot of people became livestock farmers to make money from their livestock.

There are various ways to make money from livestock, you can raise livestock for meat production, you can raise livestock for milk production, you can raise livestock for egg production and you can breed livestock and sell the livestock to other livestock farmers.

Below we are going to cover in detail two types of livestock you can start raising for money. The two types of livestock you will learn to raise are goats and cattle.


In these days and times people have to think smart in coming up with ways to make some money. One way you can start making money is raising goats. Raising goats is quiet simple to do compared to raising chickens and other types of livestock. They can do well on their own provided they hav

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Top 7 Advantages of Texas Longhorn Cattle for Ranches Today

Longevity: Longhorns have incredibly long productive life spans. Many live past 20 years of age with some producing past age 25 or 30. This longevity means the rancher can retain cows longer and sell more young stock for a profit.

Calving Ease: As a breed average longhorn cattle have a 99% unassisted calving rate. The calves are typically smaller and weight less than the average commercial beef cow. The shape of the head and shoulders are more tapered to better fit the cow’s pelvic opening. This makes for easier, faster births with little stress on the cow or calf. The calf is usually up and running before the rancher knows it is born. In the twelve years I have been raising Texas Longhorn cattle I have yet to see a calf born. I have found them only minutes old but have never seen an actual birth.

Disease Resistance: Longhorns are more resistant to common cattle diseases such as pink eye and foot rot. This means

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Developing Waterfowl Habitat on Farm, Ranch, and Recreational Hunting Properties

Developing waterfowl habitat on your farm, ranch, or recreational hunting property is probably one of the most cost-effective and rewarding types of wildlife habitat development there is. If properly planned out and implemented the fruits of your labor can be experienced in a relatively short amount of time, in some cases within the same year. In terms of most other types of wildlife habitat development that’s “warp” speed. First a basic understanding of the habitat and foraging requirements for waterfowl is in order.

Quality waterfowl habitat must provide water, food, and shelter. Ducks are divided into two major groups, dabbling ducks (dabblers) and diving ducks (divers). Dabblers include species like northern pintail, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, mottled duck, gadwall, wigeon, mallard, and northern shoveler. These species forage for food on the water surface or by tipping up to feed just below the surface. The optimal foraging depth for dabblers i

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