The "I bought a farm...now what" series is intended to highlight the decisions and the work necessary to develop a beef cattle operation with an underdeveloped farm.  It is designed for someone that has little to no experience in the beef cattle industry.  This documentary will involve many people in the Department, College, and industry.

INDEX

 

Episode 30 - Prepairing Heifers for Breeding

Dr. Les discusses the steps taken to prepare the heifers for the breeding season. He discusses vaccinations, deworming, rations, pelvic area, and reproductive tract scores of the heifers in this project. Dr. Les does not go into detail on the pelvic area so for more detailed information on that please view the following YouTube video from Beef Minutes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PGQ55RHpNg&list=PLC5aJFY_Be8XJZ_03_Ql73TK0826T8Fjq&index=4).

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 30. Preparing Heifers for Breeding

 

Episode 29.  Treating a heifer for pinkeye

In this episode Dr. Les discusses and demonstrates how to treat a heifer with pinkeye. Dr. Les and the landowner use a dart gun with an antibiotic to treat the bacterial infection on the eye. Fortunately, the infection was caught quickly and the heifer will recover without any ill effects.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 29. Treating a heifer for pinkeye.

 

Episode 28: Mid October grass inventory and heifer evaluations

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 28. Mid October grass inventory and heifer evaluations

 

Episode 27:  "Moving Heifers to Paddock 3"

Heifers move to Paddock 3.


I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 27. Heifers move to Paddock 3.

  

Episode 26:  "Dealing with Short Grass"

This episode discusses managing the heifers through a grass shortage and methods to extend grazing.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 26. Dealing with Short Grass


 

Episode 25:  "Lesson on Stocking Rate"

Dr. Les checks the heifers and inventories the grass on August 5th. Good discussion on the impact of stocking rate and grazing strategies on available grass.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 25. Good Lesson on Stocking Rate


 

Episode 24:  "Heifers move from Paddock 2 to Paddock 1"

Heifer move from paddock 2 to paddock 1 on July 27. Dr. Les discusses the grass inventory, fly problems, and general well being of the heifers.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 24. Heifers back to Paddock 1


Episode 23.  "Dr. Jimmy Henning Talks Grass."

Dr. Jimmy Henning and Dr. Les discuss the forage/grazing plan and the grass inventory for the farm on July 27. Don’t miss Dr. Jimmy’s fantastic discussion of forage development, management, and grazing. The episode is a little longer than some of our others but it is completely worth the time.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 23. "Dr. Jimmy Henning Talks Grass"


Episode 22.  "Spray the heifers for flies"

The discussion includes the spray and the method used for spraying the heifers to control face and horn flies. Dr. Les also looks at the heifers a few days after spraying and discusses its effectiveness.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 22. "Spraying the heifers for flies"


 

Episode 21.  "Heifer Checks on 7-20."

Dr. Les does a grass inventory, discusses a plan for the next few weeks and looks at the heifers. They are finally shedding and have many fewer flies.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 21. Heifer Check

 

Episode 20. "Moving heifers to paddock 2."

Dr. Les spends some time discussing the grass inventory and looking at the heifers. Fencing was reorganized and the heifers were moved to paddock 2. Dr. Les discusses spraying the heifers for flies and get them sprayed.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 20. Moving Heifers to Paddock 2.


Episode 19.  "Heifer Check June 23"

 

Ben Crites, IRM Coordinator, takes a turn observing the heifers. The heifers are doing great, growing well, with plenty of grass.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 19. Heifers checks on June 23.


 

 
Episode 18
. "Moving heifers out of paddock 4"

Dr. Les redesigns the fencing and moves the heifers from paddock 4 to paddock 3.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 18. Moving heifers out of paddock 4.


 

Episode 17. "Dr. Les discusses the grass in each of the paddocks and gets a good look at the heifers."

The girls seem to be growing great and have not had many issues yet.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 17

 


 

Episode 16. "Looking at Heifers"

Dr. Les discusses the heifer project on June 1, 2020. Grass looks great, heifers look great. Focus is on flies and reducing any issue with pinkeye.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 16. Looking at Heifers


 

Episode 15. "End of May - Heifer moving day" 

Heifer moving day, May 27, 2020. Not much action since May 15th. The grass is finally getting short in most of paddock 1. Dr. Les discusses a new grazing plan and then demonstrates setting up the fence and getting the heifers moved into the new paddock.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 15. End of May - Heifer moving day.


 

Episode 14 "Heifer checks mid-May"

Heifer daily checks in mid-May. Dr. Les checks heifers May 11-15.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 14. Heifer Checks mid-May


 

Episode 13.  "Heifers on Full Paddock 1"

Dr. Anderson finishes up the fencing and turns the heifers into the remaining segment of Paddock 1.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 13. Heifers on Full Paddock 1.


 

Episode 12.  "Heifers out to partial Paddock 1"

Heifers turned out to graze Paddock 1. This episode features Dr. Les and Dr. Lehmkuhler as they discuss the end of the receiving period for the heifers. They set up a polywire fence splitting Paddock 1. Heifers were turned out for grazing.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 12 Heifers out to partial Paddock 1

 


 
Episode 11.  "Daily Heifer Checks"

This video depicts the first 3 days after heifer arrival. Heifers are watched closely for illness and to ensure they are transitioning to their new environment well.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 11. Daily Heifer Checks

 
Episode 10.  "Heifers arrive to the farm."

We found the perfect set of heifers and purchased them. In this video, they arrive and we discuss receiving cattle, receiving rations, and heifers in general.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 10 Heifers Arrive to the Farm


 

Episode 9.  "Setting up the rotational grazing system."

Dr. Lehmkuhler and Dr. Les work on the farm setting up the polywire for the rotational grazing system.

I Bought a Farm...So Now What? Episode 9. Setting up the Forage System


 

Episode 8. "Pricing Heifers"

In this episode, Kevin Laurent discusses the many factors a buyer needs to consider when pricing heifers. Kevin provides and in-depth discussion of shrink, obtaining a value, and understanding the process of establishing value in beef heifers.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 8. Pricing Heifers


Episode 7. "Finding heifers to buy"

We are ready to purchase heifers but where and how do we find good heifers to buy? What factors should be considered when purchasing heifers? Kevin Laurent joins Dr. Les for this two part discussion on the process of purchasing heifers for our heifer development enterprise.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 7. Finding heifers to buy



Episode 6. "Stocking Rate"

Dr. Lehmkuhler joins us again to discuss stocking rate and how many cattle to purchase. He discusses in detail the grazing patterns through the newly designed rotational grazing system and factors to make the grazing more successful.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 6


Episode 5.  "Rotational Grazing System"

Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler discusses many factors used to design a rotational grazing system for the farm. Dr. Lehmkuhler uses a web soil survey to help assess the fertility of the soil and maps out the forage plan for the heifer development system. Very interesting discussion.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 5


Episode 4. "Enterprise Potential"

Dr. Kenny Burdine and Dr. Les discuss enterprise potential for the hill farm. Hill farms and the soil analysis limits the productivity of many farms. Dr. Burdine discusses several brief enterprises and does an in-depth analysis of the enterprise of choice.

I Bought a Farm...Now What?, Episode 4


 
Episode 3:  "Land Maintenance"

Dr. Les discusses land maintenance concerns with ANR Agent Adam Probst. Among many topics, Adam demonstrates how to take a soil sample and analyze the results. Our goal with this episode is to help land owners develop a plan to maintain or improve their property.

I Bought a Farm...Now What? Episode 3



Episode 2
:   “Where Should I Get My Information?”

This episode features Dr. Les and Adam Probst and discusses the Extension service and how to obtain reliable information for your farm and family.

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Episode 1 - "Series Introduction"

The "I bought a farm...now what" series is intended to highlight the decisions and the work necessary to develop a beef cattle operation with an underdeveloped farm.  It is designed for someone that has little to no experience in the beef cattle industry.  This documentary will involve many people in the Department, College, and industry.

I Bought a Farm…Now What? Episode 1