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Old Jan 21st 2014, 10:11 AM   #16
  Apr 2011
  Gheens, Louisiana

Hey guys its all good. I work in the Oilfield and believe me no question is a stupid question unless you choose not to ask it. LOL*** the ones that ask will eventually find out the one that doesnt ask will remain stupid*I guess.


I appreciate all the help I can get from these forums, The main reason I ask the question is because where I live we maintain a PH level of around 7.5. dont really know what PH level it takes to kill bacteria or if that is even the case,


Here goes another stupid question, Is it the PH level that kills the bacteria and if so what level would you want to maintain?
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Old Jan 21st 2014, 04:56 PM   #17
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  Jul 2009
  Deer Park, Alabama

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7.5 is neutral. That is where you want to be. I would still add lime around the feeders and waters. I would also do a soil sample in the pens annually. One other thing I do is pour some hydrated lime in low areas often. Especially in standing water pockets.
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Old Jan 23rd 2014, 05:55 PM   #18
  Oct 2012

GOOD STUFF here :-) would it do any good to lime like now??? In the middle of winter? IF the ground is not frozen?
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Old Jan 24th 2014, 05:14 AM   #19
  Apr 2009
  Fort Wayne, Ind

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our farmers are putting it in the fields now because the ground is frozen and they can drive on it
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Old Jan 24th 2014, 05:56 AM   #20
  Apr 2009
  Clanton, Alabama

We lime in October or November so*the winter rain will get it*down in the ground*.
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Old Jan 24th 2014, 06:22 AM   #21
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

Cervid: Whitetail Deer

I like to lime and frost seed my pens at the same time. I always have empty pens for rotation that were turned and planted in the fall. The pens that were not in the rotation last fall will be limed and frost seeded here in March to get through summer and then the deer will be put in the new planted pens and the ones i limed and frost seeded will be turned and replanted this fall. Keeps the ground sweet and bug free if you can do rotations. Kinda gives them a break!
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Old Jan 24th 2014, 05:53 PM   #22
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  May 2009
  St. Ignace, Northern Michigan

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We always limed in the spring before the fawns were born and once in the summer and once in the fall. Keeps the smell down if you have small pens*and it cleans and nurtralizes*the dirt the fawns eat . We had a fawn that liked clean dirt so much he died from impaction. Only happened once.
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Old Jan 24th 2014, 06:49 PM   #23
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  Apr 2009
  Bedford, PA

Definitely no stupid questions when it comes to deer farming... or life for that matter. *Just when you think you have it all figured out, mother nature will step in and put a hurtin on ya! *I've been doing this for 8 years and I learn something new almost every day. *

Good luck to all... spring will be here before we know it. *Although for most of us, not nearly soon enough!
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Old Jan 24th 2014, 06:50 PM   #24
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  Apr 2009
  Bedford, PA

What type of spreader do you all like to use for lime?
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Old Jan 25th 2014, 01:55 PM   #25
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  May 2009
  St. Ignace, Northern Michigan

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We used a two wheel grass seed spreader but it has to be real dry. A large shovel works the best we found.
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Old Jan 25th 2014, 06:06 PM   #26
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri

I use Pellettized Lime in a hopper spreader on the 3 point of my Tractor works real well and have also used my Herd spreader n the back of my 4 wheeler
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Old Jan 26th 2014, 11:35 AM   #27
  Oct 2012

i'll say it again..GOOD STUFF :-)
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Old Jan 28th 2014, 07:58 AM   #28
  Mar 2010
I use a drop spreader and have Ag lime brought in on dump truck....much cheaper. About 1 Ton per acre at this point in march sometime, will fertilize a little if needed and the run a drag over all my pastures. After dragging I will top dress the pastures with desired seed. I will also drag about two other times throughout the summer/early fall to break up thatch from mowing and help disperse and break down the manure. Just what I do....seems to work. I lime for both soil health and to minimize bacteria problems. No question is a dumb question.

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Old Jul 28th 2019, 10:03 AM   #29
  Jul 2019
So, new to this pen stuff, can I lime with the deer in the pen?
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Old Jul 29th 2019, 06:36 PM   #30
  Jul 2012
Depends on how big the pen is and how your deer react to equipment. I have limed pens with deer in them. The pen is one acre.
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