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Hauling water
by Davemk (Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:26:00 GMT+5)
He lives in Oklahoma. Water is deep and expensive in most parts of Oklahoma.



Service Call
by melking (Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:36:17 GMT+5)
People are basically stupid. They do not consider the consequences of their actions. A little bit of honey catches a lot of flies. I always pay what any company wants if they are willing to come out to my place and they actually solve my problem. I also will tip if their service is good and they are pleasant. Case in point, I needed some heavy welding done. I called a local company and scheduled. He came out, on time, only charged me 100 dollars, did a great job and got himself a 25 dollar tip. Bet you next time I need him I will get the same or even better service.



I officially agree that the world's crazy
by melking (Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:24:53 GMT+5)
skyhightree1 wrote:none of yalls was as good as my potted meat and saltines

Dear lord, say it ain't true. My fathers favorite snack and every time he started I almost gagged.



Keeping my first bull
by OzssieDave19 (Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:40:04 GMT+5)
So i have some black baldy cows with good confirmation lovely temprament about to calve to a great moderate char bull. I was thinking about keeping a calf as a bull to mop up after ai for a bit of something to do.



Just a 15-month-old 3/4 sim bull.
by OzssieDave19 (Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:05:53 GMT+5)
So just a question. My dad was an angus man and he had about 350 straight bred angus cows. He always bought good bulls back grounded steers to the feed lots. If i put this bull over his cows. Wohld i see much difference?



opinions on these chainsaw models
by OzssieDave19 (Posted Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:59:03 GMT+5)
I always wonder if safety features like the chain break are up to scratch



Put 'er down
by boondocks (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:39:02 GMT+5)
dun wrote:Some years ago we had a heifer that raised twins, she was always calm and you could do anything with her or the calves. The day we weaned the calves she went nuts. Tore up equipment dam near put me in the hospital ran through or climbed over pipe corrals, went through fences, you get the idea. The pasture she was in was some distance from the house. Any time she heard a voice she would take off and run through/over anything in from of her. Finally got her (after a month) to the point that when we wen out and put out gran, by then she was in with a big old pet cow that we used to calm down calves and stockers we bought it. When we pulled up she wwould duck behind the barn and in a couple of minutes would peer around the corner of the bran. I dropped the butcher off and drove away, when she peaked round the corner he dropped her on the spot. The tame cow walked over to see why she was kicking then went over to the trough and started eating grain. Left the tame cow in the pen while the other cow was processed and she never should any signs of being concerned or nervous.
The tame cow's reaction was interesting. Hopefully ours will forgive-n-forget! I keep wondering if we did anything "wrong" with her but I really don't think so (not her in particular anyway). We do have to shore up our corrals that lead to the barn. I think once she realized she could bust through one, it was game over.



Becoming a game warden.
by Dave (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:37:12 GMT+5)
When they shifted for GW being junior wildlife biologist to being strictly law enforcement there was a huge change in the people that got the job. And the biologist lost the eyes and ears of people in the field who understood something about wildlife management.
The new GW in the area I hunted elk is only interested in writing tickets and making arrests. In 2016 he wrote more DUI's that the entire sheriff dept. in that county. The old guy who retired had some common sense. This new guy is just badge heavy.



Took some videos yesterday
by elkwc (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:30:40 GMT+5)
Nice group of heifers. The first three would be my choice. But the last heifer is a nice one.



Spring Calving vs. Fall Calving
by Brute 23 (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:22:08 GMT+5)
We had year round calving then went to calving seasons.

I thought it would be a good idea to have spring and fall calving to cut down on bulls, keep bulls busy, and spread the income out.

I'm in the process of moving the fall calvers to spring. It is soooo much easier taking a cow thru the winter with out a calf at her side.

Plus, in years where the grass is plentiful I can keep the calves until late in the year and sell them heavy but still have them gone by the time I start feeding hay.



Gripple contractor tool
by Farm Fence Solutions (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:13:28 GMT+5)
2: We stick a gripple in while we are laying the wire out. Strip 3 or 4 barbs out of the wire to the left of the gripple before you stick the gripple on. Make sure to leave enough of a tail to get the jaw of the contractor tool on. Next thing is to get the second end tied off. On a long stretch, we will take up as much slack as we can with chains and dogs or a golden rod, and then put final tension on with the gripples........Or, you can just keep shoving barbs up the line with the gripple tool, but you didn't hear it from me.

This will sound exactly like a sales pitch, and I suppose it is, but the wire has quite a bit to do with it. What we have is just better in every aspect. Yep, I'm a bad salesman. lol I really do enjoy being a member of this forum, and I don't want to ruin that by pushing products we sell. I have sold quite a bit to many members here, and hopefully it has come through that we are not out to rip anyone off, or just here to push product sales. Plain and simple, if you put us against the others, our cost of installation will be less as well as our long term cost of ownership. I've been typing and backspacing for 30 minutes, and I'm still sure this will come out wrong, so I'm headed to the coffee shop, where I belong.



3 Day Old Cow Wont Eat
by LizHartley1991 (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:06:03 GMT+5)
farmerjan wrote:I also think you are way over thinking this.
I must have misread the first few posts because I thought you said you worked with human babies/infants but now you say your specialty is the arts. I guess that from your first posts, I figured you would know the basics of taking care of a baby of any species.

If it is not blowing cold freezing air, let her have access to the outdoors and sun. She will go where she is comfortable. If she prefers the barn then she feels safe there, and maybe is out of a draft. They lay out in the field in real life/nature all the time and do just fine. They will find a spot that may only be a small depression in the ground and will be out of a windy draft and be comfortable. If she is getting along and drinking her bottles, then just let her body grow. The stumbling still might be from the overdose of minerals that she was getting and her body is still trying to get back to normal. It could have affected her eyesight. Give it time.
To clarify, I do work with infant children. I?m a substitute teacher for a federal government daycare. Does that mean I?m knowledgeable of everything dealing with Kids? No I?m afraid not. I did major in the arts. I act and I work on screenplays and scripts and edit music videos on the side. But I work part time for a daycare program.

I do overthink things. People even tell me I?d be that overbearing parent that freaks out if their kid gets a tiny sniffle. I don?t have kids of my own. I have dogs or cats or guinea pigs or turtles or fish that I care for. I like to offer to house sit and care for dogs. I go watch over the new piglets being born on other farms. I love animals and kids. I get protective and very invested in making sure they?re okay... So yes I overthink things.

I?m simply concerned with Mira?s eyesight. Her eyes aren?t glassy and most of the pink coloring has gone. She?s eating better and moves more. But she also freezes up and will just stand in one spot and not move. And she runs into a lot of stuff and stumbles when she does. I wonder if she has partial eyesight. Bad eyes are common in premature children of any species so that was my speculation on things.

I?m sorry I?m being so nervous / possible over analytical. It?s the anxiety and controlling and worrywart side of me. I?m trying not to be TOO over the top on my concerns. Mira is probably perfectly okay now.

I post here to feel better and to share my thoughts and to see what you all think. I apologize if I?ve become annoying about it though...



Red Dirt Music
by Brute 23 (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:52:45 GMT+5)
dun wrote:Craig Miller wrote:dun wrote:Sounds to me like a typical garage band

That's part of the appeal I think. It reminds me of some of the old school country
I just prefer them to at least be able to carry a tune and not be off key

.... but the ladies love it.... herds of skirts wearing cowboy boots



BRYANT
by skyhightree1 (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:52:41 GMT+5)
sorry im late



A Sample
by Franke (Posted Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:36:29 GMT+5)
Good job on the percentage. I know a lot of people would be enthused with those results.



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HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- CONSUMER IMPLICATIONS GROW WITH CARCASS SIZE
For as much as steaks bolster carcass value and consumer beef demand, their growing size is costing the industry lots of jingle.
ANGUS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF VERIFIED BEEF
American Angus Association announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Verified Beef, including its proprietary Reputation Feeder Cattle® program.
INAUGURAL GENETIX CATTLE PLUS SALE HELD
Eighty-nine registered buyers from 14 states made their way to Grantville, Ga. for the inaugural Genetix Cattle Plus Sale hosted by The Oaks Farm.
NCBA LEADERS CALL FOR REPEAL OF FEDERAL ESTATE TAX
You cannot blame folks in Washington, D.C. for misconstruing how the U.S. Tax code impacts agricultural producers. With the number of Americans directly involved in agriculture at historic lows, the voices of farmers and ranchers are often missing in national tax policy debates.
DEMAND STRONG AT CIRCLE A ANGUS FALL SALE
Circle A Angus Ranch, headquartered in Iberia, Mo., was proud to host their 11th annual Fall Bull & Heifer sale in conjunction with the Dispersal of their Spring-calving Registered cowherd offering 647 head sold on October 21st. The demand for all classes of cattle was strong and prices were very steady.
FORAGE ANALYSIS CAN BE VALUABLE TO OPERATION
Focusing on pasture and grazing management is undoubtedly one of the most economical means of extending the grazing season and decreasing hay feeding requirements.
CHAMPIONS NAMED AT THE AMERICAN ROYAL GELBVIEH SHOW
The Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show at the 2017 American Royal took place on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo. Brigham Stewart, Washington, Kansas, evaluated the Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle.
BLACK INK -- DON'T MISS THE MIRACLES
After a couple of licks, the baby calf got up, wobbled ever so slightly and then confidently turned its attention to nursing.
A GOOD VACCINATION PROGRAM IS ONLY AS GOOD AS TECHNIQUES USED
"Shoot, I messed up the vaccines." If these words have ever been uttered while processing cows and calves, it may be time for implementation of some simple chute side organization tips.
PRODUCERS SHOULD SEEK EFFICIENCY IN THEIR COWS
What do we know about efficiency within the beef cattle business? A lot. What do we know about understanding beef cattle efficiency? A little.
IT'S THE PITTS -- VISITING DIGNITARIES
Like chuck-line riding cowboys of yesteryear, they go from ranch to ranch, carrying the news and performing a job no one else wants, let alone can do. Other than a few cowboy poets and purebred bull auctioneers, they are the only celebrities we have in the cow business.
GENETIC STRENGTH SHOWN AT TOWN CREEK FARM SALE
One of the largest crowds ever participated in-person and on-line in the Town Creek Farm Sale, at the ranch near West Point, Mississippi on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- SELF-SNOOKERED
Stay friends or family with someone long enough and you see every side of each other, good bad and in between.
BE PREPARED TO HANDLE CATTLE DURING WINTER
Winter weather if finally arriving and when it gets here for good we need to be prepared to handle and transport cattle appropriately.
GELBVIEH ASSOCIATION TO HOST SYMPOSIUM
All cattlemen and women are invited to attend the American Gelbvieh Association's (AGA) third annual commercial cattlemen's educational symposium titled Cattlemen's Profit Roundup.

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