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vguardia 494595 96 The farm I work in either
The farm I work in
Same Explorer with a wagon full of "kikuyo" grass to feed the heifers.
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Another view
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All the "kikuyo" unloaded with some chickens eating the insects it carries.
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Holstein heifer
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Heifers eating the fresh "kikuyo"
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Two weeks old calf
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More heifers
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Another calf
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Another calf
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This is me with my favorite heifer. Her mother had some problems giving birth, so I had to take her out. Fortunately I did a good job and there she is. She´s pregnant from a bull named Toy Story.
Questions or comments are welcome.
regards,
Victor
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Nice photos Victor!

You said Toystory. Not a bad bull at all.

Do you use a lot of American or North American genetics?

What kind of feed value does "kikuyo" have? (protein, energy)

Victor here are some interesting websites about Holsteins cattle. You probably already had them.

http://www.holsteinusa.com

http://www.holsteinworld.com/

http://www.holstein.ca



Tony
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Interesting thread Victor...
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Tony, we use mostly American and Canadian genetics with excellent results. Right now I can remeber two of them: Select Sires and Acelerated Genetics. Unfortunately I don´t have the protein and energy values of the kikuyo, but it´s not a very good grass. (I´ll try to find them). We have tryed to plant some legumes, but the kikuyo is very agressive.
I didn´t had that holstein links, thank you for them.
Right now we´re very small with just 26 animals, 10 of them are milking and the rest are heifers and 3 calfs. Our goal is to milk 100 cows, but we have to be patient.
Thanks for your interest.

Stu, thank you very much.
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Very nice Victor, this is definitely one of the nicer CR farms from what I saw while there. Is the dairy the main aspect of the farm? You mentioned about needing to be patient regarding growth. Is this because of the desire to maintain a closed heard? How difficult is it to to attain milk quota?

What do your jobs include?

I still need to find a way to convince Dos Pinos to export to Canada! :-D

I also think that the next time I'm there I should steal some naked indians. ;-)

Some of the livestock fences I saw while there... wow, the posts were spaced maybe 2-3 feet apart, and 10-20 strands of wire!! :-[

Keep up the great pictures Victor! ;-)
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Nice to see the pictures from your work! It is intresting how Holstein breed nearly uses the same material worldwide. Talk about global market. The backside is that environmental differences due to wheather and other conditions are lost in the local varieties of Holstein - we soon have a global race.

Here in Sweden the use of North American Holstein has decreases due to that we have got some very intrestin bulls ourselves, and that cross breeding with Swedish Red has been more spread. Our breeding company Svensk Avel also export a lot of Swedish Red to other parts of the world including North and South America, we even have a representative in Costa Rica. See http://www.svenskavel.com/english/
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Victor,

nice pictures, how are you doing lately. It's a long time ago that I heard from you

greetings,
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An interesting thread Victor, it is nice to see how others do things in their country, one of the great things about this site IMHO ;-)

Keep up the good work,

Regards,

Craig (TasCowboy) ;-)
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We used some Toystory too, but it gave bad results if we compared it to the bulls of europe. So now we stick to those.
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Josh, right now the main activity of the farm are ferns that are keeped inside greenhouses and exported mostly to Europe. The dairy used to be the main activity, but my uncle sold a lot of cows and converted some fields into greenhouses. (now he regrets cause he really loves cows).
Concerning the patience, it´s very expensive to buy good heifers or cows around here (like $2000). We´ve buyed some cows trying to not have a close heard, but you need money. Right now we´re having good replacements for the cows.
I´m the farm manager and my job mostly is to check out that all the people are doing well their jobs. Right now I have to drive the tractor cause it´s hard to find good drivers around here.
We sold our milk to Dos Pinos and to be allowed you have to buy stokes that by the way are expensive ($2500 each). Each stoke allows you to sell a quantity of milk.
If you give me your address and tell me wich Dos Pinos product you want, I´ll send you them (I´m serious). I think it would be a profitable bussiness to you to import products from Dos Pinos. CR and Canada have a free trade deal and that would help a lot. Thank you for your comments!
regards,
Victor
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Lennart, thanks for your comments. You´re absolutely right, right now the world has become too small. I have seen some heifers of Sweedish red here in CR, by the way I liked them a lot.
regards,
Victor
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Nald, nice to hear from you too! I haven´t seen your threads in FP from a while. I´ve been busy at work cause now I have to drive the tractor and get the heifer´s grass. I have a 2008 JD product cd, if you´re interested tell me and I´ll send you one.
regards,
Victor
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TC, thanks for your comments. You´re absolutely right since I´ve been a FP member, I´ve learned a lot of things from other countries, and have friends around the world. Same to you, keep posting!
regards,
Victor
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Schizo, none of the Toystory pregnant heifers have given birth. So I can´t tell if this is a bad bull. In the catalog it seems like a good bull. When the calves are born I´ll let you know our experience. Thanks for your comments.
regards,
Victor
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Thanks for the response Victor, the tour guides I had while there didn't seem to know anything about the agriculture industry. True, we went there as a dive trip but still... :-[

Are there (m)any government aids (support of any kind) for agriculture, or are the laws etc very restricted?

I remember you said you hope to one day have your own farm, what type are you most interested in?

Take care,
-Josh
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Josh, you´re welcome. Mostly the tour guides are prepared in nature and some history, they should know about agriculture. Unfortunately our government is not very interested in agriculture, they preffer hi-tech industries. When natural disasters occur and farmers lost their crops, the government helps them, otherwise don´t.
My dream is to have a farm with horses and angus cattle and confine in a stall all the male born calves. Plant some silage corn to feed them and have a lot of John Deere machinery to do that.
If I´m not wrong you have your own farm don´t you? Tell me about your activities.
regards,
Victor
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