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What's in your calving supplies box?
by Bar E (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:44:55 GMT+5)
Besides chains, handles, castrating pliers and rings, dehorning paste. What else should a newbie like me stock up with?
Next weeks 4 playoff teams, football
by Son of Butch (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:36:22 GMT+5)
1 Alabama 40
4 Washington 24
Alabama crushes Washington, hope I'm wrong and it's not a boring runaway Peach Bowl
3 Ohio State 34
2 Clemson 31
This 3 seed upsetting the 2 doesn't really count as an upset at all to me
Alabama wins title game by 8 [roll tide]
Penn State and Mn Gophers uphold the Big 10's proud tradition of losing bowl games
#9 USC 30
#5 Penn St 24
An upset that brings USC season ending respect that it deserves
Washington State 31
Florida State 24
Gaters keep it close vs much better heart broken Michigan in what is almost a home game for the Gaters in Miami
Western Michigan 24
note worthy news
1994 Heisman winner Colorado rb Rashann Salaam age 42 found dead in a Boulder Colorado park, autopsy pending.
He was the youngest player to rush for 1,000 yds in the NFL - 21 yrs 77 days old
Injuries, fumbles and marijuana use led to a short disappointing NFL career.
What king of solar charger?
by jedstivers (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:16:13 GMT+5)
I'm running the 6 joule stafix chargers.
Look at the diffrence in joules on solar vs. regular chargers.
http://www.kencove.com/fence/Electric+F ... oducts.php
Look what just hit the ground
by elkwc (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:12:08 GMT+5)
A good looking pair. Please keep us updated.
feedig out a beef
by farmerjan (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:10:56 GMT+5)
Bryant; went back and looked up the pictures of the calf and our steer looks like that only worse. It seemed to get alot worse after about 3-4 months or so. So we will be feeding him out next year. I think your calf is really nice and you could probably get him to 1000 lbs by early next summer. Ours is smaller and we don't need the beef this year so will let him grow slower and then push him next fall. He seems to eat okay now but if it looks like he isn't eating well, we'll just butcher him as baby beef.
by TCRanch (Posted Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:53 GMT+5)
Thanks for the kind remarks. Pretty proud of my girls even though they are spoiled & sometimes obnoxious - totally my fault.
by js1234 (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:58:33 GMT+5)
There right now. Behind Chute 7, second row, 3 go-rounds counting last night. I'll wave to you.
Custom bull feeding
by js1234 (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:52:19 GMT+5)
js1234 wrote:$2.11/day for mature bulls in a yard is cheap.
Record Keeping on Cattle
by js1234 (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:42:58 GMT+5)
We keep pretty detailed records of a lot of things within our cattle operations. We track treatments etc. on individual animals in the cow/calf, stocker and feedyard segments.
We track pasture movements, head counts and indates. Also, the year over year conception rates, weaning weights, hay fed and lots of other measurables are tracked on individual ranches. We do or best to track most everything we think might be of value from fertility stuff to performance to health to individual ranch P&L's, we like to compare efficiencies and performance of various things between the different managers that work for us as well as performance and health of the cattle placed on grass and feed by the various buyers that work for us. As the old saying goes, "you can't manage what you don't measure".
If there are any specific things you're looking into tracking, I'd be happy to share how we do it, if we happen to be tracking it already.
Most of this stuff, once a plan is implemented, has been easier than expected to track. The guys normally take to it quite easily and the girls in the office always impress me with the reports they can generate.
Bowl Games Schedule
by greybeard (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:34:36 GMT+5)
And not a single bowl game on New Years Day..
Newborn calf not nursing...
by farmerjan (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:23:22 GMT+5)
Put the cow in the chute, get the calf up next to her and on the teat so he can figure out that the milk comes from the cow, not the bottle. Since you have been milking her,and feeding it to the calf, the calf's manure will smell right to the cow so she should claim it. Then when the calf is done, let them out into a pen together and watch her to make sure she isn't mean to it. If all goes well you should be able to see the calf on her nursing as soon as he figures out that's where he needs to go for his meals. Sometimes you may need to keep him separate from the cow for the time in between a feeding or two, and then when you put them together he should go right to her. It might take 2 or 3 feedings in the chute til he learns she is the source of milk as he has imprinted that you are the "mother"/milk source. Sounds like the cow is pretty good to work with. Good Luck.
More peace from the peaceful.
by jedstivers (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:13:21 GMT+5)
And all this writing hasn't changed the fact that they are third world barbarians and they will do nothing but destroy and kill till the world is like them.
It's us or them, no middle ground and they set the rules.
Now I'm not saying there not good people that aren't like them and are muslims but they better start separating the sheep from the goats.
Beef at Farmers Market
by js1234 (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:06:03 GMT+5)
Aaron wrote:If you want to be really successful at it (I mean making a $200k plus a year) you have to invest a lot of time and money into it. This means going to multiple farmers markets, having no time for chores so you have to have a hired man do everything, lots of freezers and a mobile card reader for credit and debit cards (no one carries cash). Also, you have to have the gift of gab and BS. Very few do it on any scale here, only one does it the way I described above. Also, you will have to have a picturesque farm and lots of happy cows grazing because some people WILL want to see your operation and if they go away disgusted, word will travel.
It's a whole lots of extra BS that I would never want anything to do with.
I only had to read the last sentence to know that I agreed with you.
New antibiotic rules for 2016
by Cross-7 (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:58:19 GMT+5)
I think all this started with the likes of chipotle and the like trying to capitalize on a niche market.
The consumer is ignorant to the use of antibiotics, implants and etc.
They blindly jump on the band wagon and depand antibiotic and hormone free meat, even though there aren't either in meat when proceeded.
Somehow they convinced the powers they be that antibiotic resistantance in animals can jump humans, but they hand out antibiotics to little Johnny every time he has a sniffle
Mixing wcs and whole corn
by Cross-7 (Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:44:42 GMT+5)
You just have to stay within the limits of what can be fed per day to avoid gossypol toxicity.
DON'T GUESS AT ACRONYMS USED IN BEEF CATTLE BUSINESS
Many acronyms are used in the beef cattle industry. Knowing exactly what they represent instead of guessing can be important.
DOGUET'S DIAMOND D BRANGUS SALE HELD OCTOBER 15
A warm fall day greeted a standing room only crowd of Brangus enthusiasts from five states gathered at Poteet, Texas, for Doguet's Diamond D Sale of Proven Producers.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- ADDING OPPORTUNITY AND RISK WITHOUT WEIGHT
When feeder cattle markets are in balance, prices for lighter-weight feeder cattle adjust to account for the cost of gain to put the additional weight on those cattle such that feedlots are relatively indifferent to buying feeder cattle of various weights, says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his weekly market comments the first week of November.
BULL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ARE IMPORTANT
In many purebred operations, bull sales make up a significant portion of their cash flow. Therefore, bull growth and development is very important to the overall success of their operation. Many cattlemen who produce bulls spend a great amount of time on the genetics they use and their breeding operation. Remember that this genetic potential can never be realized if these animals are not fed and managed properly.
IT'S THE PITTS -- AN APP FOR THAT
Here are ten smartphone apps that we desperately need some geek to create:
SOUTHERN CONNECTION CHAROLAIS SALE AVERAGES $2,765
The Southern Connection Charolais Sale was held October 19, 2016 in Calhoun, Ga.
REPLACEMENTS SHOULD BE HELD TO HIGH STANDARDS
As autumn makes its debut across the Empire State of the South, many spring-calving operations have been, or are in the process of, weaning; and in a few months, producers will be sorting through females and deciding which ladies get a job offer and which get shown the door.
BLACK INK -- LIMITS? WHAT LIMITS?
Your cows may be held in by fences, but there are few limits on where you go or what you can do with the herd. Perceived barriers these days are just untested assumptions where imagination and technology are opening new gates.
BE SELECTIVE WHEN CHOOSING REPLACEMENT FEMALES
Spiraling cattle prices in recent weeks are not leaving much wiggle room when it comes to marketing calves and replacement females to fit current trends, according to cattle experts.
BE AWARE OF THE PROS AND CONS OF USING DARTS IN CATTLE
Darts - also known as remote drug delivery devices or RDD devices - are frequently used in wildlife to tranquilize animals for research, or when a wild animal strays into a populated area such as a city or neighborhood. They are also gaining popularity among beef stocker growers who have cattle on extensive grazing.
TOWN CREEK FARM BRANGUS BULLS AVERAGE $4,435
Cattlemen from the southern U.S. resoundingly endorsed the value of the Town Creek Farm genetic program at the Town Creek Farm Sale, Saturday, October 15, 2016, near West Point, Miss.
IT'S THE PITTS -- BULLISH
For years purebred bull breeders didn't get paid what they deserved for making such a big investment in better genetics, so I'm glad to see them finally getting paid handsomely for their better bulls.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- TWILIGHTED
First quarter and the Cowboys were up, and then they scored again. Next thing Hooter knew, it was the second quarter and the Boys were down.
HERE IS WHY NO ONE CAN TRULY BE A VEGETARIAN
I like meat, plain and simple. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey (not much on duck or goose), all kinds of fish and sea food and various wild game. I like it grilled, broiled, smoked, fried and baked. I like it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any other meal in between. I just like meat. My idea of a well-balanced meal is some cut of meat (really don't care which) beside a nice serving of potatoes and a vegetable. I like to include a good salad as long as there is generous amounts of dressing.
CHINA LIFTS IMPORT BAN ON U.S. BEEF
News that China is lifting a 13-year import ban on U.S. beef is not helping prices as much as some cattlemen would have hoped.