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nitrate concerns on fertilized ryegrass/bahia mix
by Stocker Steve (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:01 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:Educate me please--exactly what does an N stabilizer do in regards to nitrate toxicity?

Nothing.
It will reduce N volatilization, and save you money if conditions are not ideal.



First time mommy has huge bag and hard nipples
by dun (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:55:17 GMT+5)
That's great. Sounds like the only reason she was hard was she was FULL



Hay
by Stocker Steve (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:55:06 GMT+5)
RanchMan90 wrote:I have a hard time pencilling that out not counting the lost grazing. Other than perhaps not getting gouged on hay prices in a drought year. What do you think?

True unless you love wrenching.
An issue that concerns many.
I think you need to start from a profit per acre goal, rather than focusing on potential problems. Profit per acre will move you towards higher stocking capacity with a mix that includes yearlings.
Owning a round baler will not prevent a drought. So you need a drought plan, but not a drought focus. Plans may include destocking early starting with yearlings, having improved pasture containing drought resistant plantings, having cheap hay under tarp, having embryos in the tank, going on vacation...



Calving season 2017 for me
by garnetann (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:50:37 GMT+5)
I thought I was only kidding when I said all of them will wait for bad weather than all go on the same day...rained yesterday, so all wet and muddy, had one at 1 pm, one at 5 pm, and a third one at midnight. But we got all of them inside warm and dry.



Dispersal Figur'in & Beef Price Forecasting ?
by Stocker Steve (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:40:46 GMT+5)
Aaron wrote:Well I was pretty close on my figure. Bought 11 heifers for $1205 US average. 8 are 1/4 Fullblood Simm 3/4 Herf and the other 3 are purebred Herf.

Where from?



NCAA March Madness
by Son of Butch (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:13:15 GMT+5)
Wow
Oregon squeaked out a 3 pt win over Rode Island 75-72 and got past Michigan by only 1 pt 69-68
No way I foresaw Oregon upsetting Kansas, let alone humiliating them by 14 and winning 74-60

Only 1 team in the nation will win 6 tournament games in a row, so far Gonzaga and Oregon both have 4

1 Gonzaga
vs
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3 Oregon
vs
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Is this springing??
by Ojp6 (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:30:04 GMT+5)
I had a middle aged cow I bought a few months ago that's bag got a little bigger every week for over 2 months before she calved. She fooled me pretty bad. The way her bag filled up the first week after we bought her I thought she was within a week or two of calving. 2 months later she had a nice little black baldy heifer calf.



running electric wire past a gate
by Black and Good (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:29:25 GMT+5)
Another option is to stand up some PVC pipe on both sides wire or zip tie it to a post (20' 1 1/2" PVC water service cut to desired length works perfect), saw a groove in the top and jump the wire up and over the gate making sure its high enough for proper clearance. Unless of course its somewhere your worried about looks. B&G



New here!
by FiveOaksFarmGA (Posted Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:36:20 GMT+5)
Thanks yall!



Little bull calf.
by OzssieDave19 (Posted Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:26:23 GMT+5)
Great calf. Down in Australia we have even heard of Leachman cattle. I think the composite is a bit of an untouched resource here. Keep us posted on this little fella.



Open Critique
by DLD (Posted Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:11:51 GMT+5)
Pretty decent from her shoulders back - little more set to her hind legs than ideal, but it's way better than being too straight. I do agree she could be heavier boned.

Having her head down in the pic certainly doesn't flatter her. She's pretty wastey in her brisket, but a bigger concern to me is that her neck appears to come out of her shoulders a little low. Even with her head down, her neck needs to tie into the top of her shoulder. Some of that could be her position, it's just hard to tell.

All in all she appears to have the makings of a productive female, just a little plain fronted and refined in her bonework to be a competitive show heifer.



Seeking advice for herd of 1st calf pairs
by drivesprocket (Posted Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:46:52 GMT+5)
Thanks for the replies!



fence tips and tricks
by hillbilly beef man (Posted Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:12:13 GMT+5)
callmefence wrote:
I'll also assure you that you can't pull a proper brace out of the ground with net wire.

It all depends on what you are stretching it with.



Hair loss around eyes - Racoon Eyes
by Nesikep (Posted Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:08:03 GMT+5)
a bunch of mine have it too.. I know mine have some lice, and they can cause that.. I know the ones that don't have lice don't have the racoon eye either



New Here
by Ky hills (Posted Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:38:43 GMT+5)




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SIRE SELECTION IS FOUNDATION FOR PROFITABLE HERD
Bull selection is the foundation for building a profitable beef herd. Approximately 88 percent of the genetic makeup of a herd after 10 years of breeding will have come from the bulls used.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- CIRCULAR CHATS
Hooter hated driving anywhere with lots of traffic, which was about anywhere on I-45, from about Sherman to south of Houston; anywhere on I-35 from South of San Antonio to Oklahoma City; anywhere on I-20 from…you get the notion.
ULTRASOUND PROVIDES PRODUCERS MEANS TO PREDICT CARCASS MERIT
Ultrasound found its first applications in livestock research in the 1950s. Since that time, the great strides that have been made in ultrasound research have benefited both human medicine and the livestock industry.
IT'S THE PITTS -- PUTTING THE HORSE OUT TO PASTURE
I read an article by an economist that suggested in order to make a greater profit you should get rid of your horses and buy an ATV.
RIGOROUS CULLING HELPS MAINTAIN EFFICIENT HERD
Which cows in your herd are making you money and who is losing you money? Every year, the cow-calf producer needs to critically evaluate each animal in the herd and decide if she is paying her upkeep
NOT TOO EARLY TO START "HEAT STRESS" DISCUSSION
A couple of weeks ago, here in Texas as well as numerous other locations across the US, temperatures bumped up into the 70's and even the 80's in some areas. This was in FEBRUARY! Granted, it has cooled back down but nonetheless it's already gotten warm in lots of locales across the country and will again very soon. That in mind, it's not too early to start the “heat stress” discussion and how this can affect animal performance. Heat stress is a major contributor to animal and production losses each year.
RESEARCH LAUNCHED TO IMPROVE BEEF SUSTAINABILITY
Environmental, social and economic sustainability is a long-held objective of the United States beef industry and the focus of a new, national research project.
BULL MANAGEMENT IS A KEY TO SUCCESSFUL BREEDING SEASONS
Bull management before and during breeding season can improve producers' chances for reproductive success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
RESEARCH TRIALS FOCUS ON WINTER PASTURE STOCKING
Profits in stocker production can be as green as winter pastures when conditions are right and producers apply correct stocking strategies, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.
IT'S THE PITTS -- SHE SAID WHAT?
I remember learning early in life that humans should use all five of their senses, but darn it, mine don't work anymore.
INTERNAL PARASITE CONTROL SAVES PRODUCERS SIGNIFICANTLY EVERY YEAR
Since man has managed and produced cattle, control of internal parasites (worms, flukes) has been an issue. And while the industry seems to repeatedly discuss and address the problem, given the implications on animal health and performance, revisiting the subject is a necessity.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- WHERE THE COWS ARE
Whether you're looking to buy or sell calves, feeders, breeding cows or bulls, it's always worth pondering the relative volume of inventory and where it exists.
FORAGE AND RUMINANT LAB HELPS RESEARCHERS
The Forage and Ruminant Nutrition Lab at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Stephenville explores ways to improve ruminant diets and mitigate negative environmental impacts for researchers around the state, nation and globe, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert.
BEEF EXPORTS INCREASE U.S. CARCASS VALUES
Mouthwatering steaks, juicy burgers and delectable roasts. That's what consumers here in the U.S. love. But what about the underutilized parts of the beef animal? If we don't consume them here in the U.S., where do they go, and who uses them?
CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF STUDY SHOWS MARBLING STILL MATTERS
Just missed it. Just missing a flight, a deadline for a major rebate, or watching your child's winning shot at a ball game. The feeling is much the same.

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