Saturday, December 01, 2012

Feeding corn that was baled last summer due to the drought. Yes I mean the whole corn stalk because it would not make grain. Great cow feed though. Nitrates okay. Lets "FACE" it, if every day was 55 degrees no wind clear blue skies the "need" for gestation crates may be less. But Mother Nature is not that cooperative.

Friday, November 30, 2012 reporting information from IRS 990 on HSUS.. Here are points of interest. Here are the nuggets—lowlights, really—from the tax return: ■ HSUS spent less than 1 percent of its budget on grants to pet shelters. ■Meanwhile, HSUS had fundraising-related expenses of $48.1 million, or a whopping 38 percent of its total budget. If that doesn’t tell you the real priorities of HSUS, nothing will. ■ HSUS paid $7.7 million to Quadriga Art, a fundraising consultant recently exposed by CNN that is reportedly under investigation in New York and California. Between 2009 and 2011, HSUS paid Quadriga about $25 million. ■ HSUS also reported paying about $333,000 to Infocision Management, whose questionable practices were exposed by Bloomberg this fall. ■ HSUS added another $2.4 million to its pension plan, bringing the total to about $17 million since Wayne Pacelle took over as CEO in 2004. ■ Speaking of Pacelle, he pulled in just under $300,000 in compensation. That brings his total haul since joining HSUS to about $3 million. ■ In all, HSUS had 24 people who received more than $100,000 in compensation. ■HSUS’s “All Animals” magazine had a circulation of about 530,000. That’s a good estimate of HSUS’s true membership size, since the magazine is included with a $25 membership. (HSUS likes to claim it has a “constituency” of 11 million, which inflates its influence greatly.) In short, HSUS as usual had plenty of money to spare for overhead. But its giving to pet shelters—which desperately need resources in this economy—was once again scant. Link here to full report.
Why does that bucket look so dirty? Because it is the hogs got it down and do what pigs do.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Of course the perfect time to dig a water line when the lows are single digits.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Loading replacement heifer calves to haul to corn stalk field. Corn stalks provide excellent feed source and is otherwise wasted resource.
I am not fond of crossbred hogs but this 21-3 sow leads me to great "Anticipation" with her next litter coming in two weeks. A barrow from her will be exhibited by Lindsi Loos at the Arizona National Show the last week of Dec.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

This heifer is quite impressive and if her moma is any indication she will be a great cow too.
The water is full for cows on corn stalks after night freeze.

Including link:

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