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Losing hair
by City Guy (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:49:32 GMT+5)
M-5 wrote:City Guy wrote:I've had ringworm. Mine did not look like that. Mine was a near perfect circle with a thin ring of dead skin on the perimeter.

Are you a bovine with a coat of hair??

Human and cow skin different of course is not going to look the same

I am a human with hair and the ringworm is a fungus. I would think the damage it causes would have SOMETHING in common on both surfaces. Does the calf in the picture have naturally black or white skin? My skin turned slightly red from the damage. I am speaking from EXPERIENCE, but my EXPERIENCE may have my brain all screwed up, I know it happens to others.



Are 2 hot wires enough for a fence?
by True Grit Farms (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:34:19 GMT+5)
Rain will only make it hotter.



Genex bull Live Ammo
by Fire Sweep Ranch (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:53:59 GMT+5)
Many on here have asked about Live Ammo calves (http://genex.crinet.com/beef/index.php? ... 58&lang=EN). We have had our first two this week, so I thought we would share our experience with him.
This first calf is out of a half blood Upgrade female that has had lots of calves for us. She was 273 days bred and had a 74.6 pound heifer calf. Her calf last year was 290 days. Seems to be a lively heifer, and going strong.


This one was born early this morning, and we assisted it some. His dam is a first calf heifer, she is a Fat Butt x Steel Force heifer our son showed last year. We were not expecting RED, but darn he is cute! He was 82.6 pounds, 282 days gestation.


And his dam:

He has been slow starting. He did not try to stand for 2 hours, and we really started getting worried. He took his first meal at about 5 hours old, after a lot of work on our part. I got some colostrum and tubbed him, just because I was concerned he was not going to get enough in him soon enough. I am happy to report today, after church, he had a good meal, with help, on his dam. He is very slow to figure things out, and thankfully she is a really good mom who just patiently sits there while we get him latched on a teat.
So, so far so good. Live Ammo is a Red Charlie carrier, that is why he can throw red calves (he is HOMO Black!). It is unique to the Lock N Load line as far as I know. We always like a good red, and he seems to be that deep cherry red so far, and I love that too! That is our last Live Ammo calves until September.



Guess who?
by alisonb (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:13:37 GMT+5)
This is a great pic! Guess the groom...




No Winter Here
by Caustic Burno (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:10:08 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:M-5 wrote:Dogwoods are blooming.

No buds on the pecan trees yet, they don't lie.


Just checked after putting out hay tiny buds on them here



which is the better deal, opinions
by Son of Butch (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:04:52 GMT+5)
With hay so much depends on the year and the weather.
The advantage to buying hay is you can walk away if you don't like it and buy what you do like.



Longhorn cross
by Son of Butch (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:46:10 GMT+5)
I'd go with a polled (gene edited) Wagyu, so you could load a dozen of them side by side on a trailer.



Building that perfect cow
by Nesikep (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:40:02 GMT+5)
Here's how well Brahman works up here
http://www.brahmanbreeder.net/countries/canada/

6 breeders with a total 50 registered cows.
So with Canada having a herd of 12 million cows.. they make up .000416% percent..
I rest my case



Picture says it all!
by reeler (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:22:51 GMT+5)
mncowboy wrote:Black and Good wrote:On 12/30/16 I had a Reg. Black Gelbvieh heifer lay down and have her first PB calf on her own. It was dark so no pictures taken. Anyway, we had a cold snap come through when this calf was bout a week old, I noticed mamma bawling for her calf. I originally thought it was just laying outside the fence but then I found this!! When a heifer does such a good job having, cleaning, mothering etc. things like this make me sick. Welcome to the cattle business right. B&G



Just checking to see if things have improved at your ranch, I had a beautiful 7 year old AI'd to Priority lay down and pass over night, made me think of you and your lost calf.
Sorry mncowboy, very sorry



Entertainment World
by reeler (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:14:58 GMT+5)
dun wrote:True Grit Farms wrote:Hogans Hero's, All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and I love Lucy was some real TV, last I knew folks were watching crap like the Simpsons.
Don;t forget F Troop and Green Acres
Green Acres- That makes me think of Arnold Ziffel, 1 of my all time favorite actors!



I think I won a convert
by reeler (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:12:19 GMT+5)
cfpinz wrote:I'm just glad it was only antifreeze.
Cfpinz, saw your post & 'Tightwad' avatar. Was wondering if you've ever eaten at Charley's Buffet? It's not far from your neck of the woods. It's closed for the winter, but I think opens back up in March. One of my favorite places to eat



PPM (P... Poor Management)
by Supa Dexta (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:51:57 GMT+5)
Lazy M wrote:I'd only really call it a mistake if you lose the cow or calf. Otherwise a little feed and TLC and you have yourself a real nice fertile cow. That young they hardly ever get bred back without some extra groceries though.


Its been my experience they never milk like they should and the calves don't grow like they should compared to the older heifers calves.. And this continues past the first calf - recorded a few animals over a few calves - and then they were all out of strikes and gone.



best heifer caught in hay ring. help.
by M-5 (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:47:21 GMT+5)
Dmso reduces swelling & helps blood flow. It is good for what ails ya. Cuts , burns , joints and will dissipate a bruse in half the time.



bull and bull EPD comparison
by mncowboy (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:45:05 GMT+5)
Here's a question in regards to bull and bull epd comparison.
If you were to compare Connealy Right Answer and Connealy Confidence Plus.
My intent is to use Right Answer because of his age and history but when you compare them side by side, they're really quite similar from their recorded B, W, and Y weights to their EPD's. Right answer has a bit more frame. They're both calving ease but C-Plus shows a bit more CED/CEM.
My thought process is Right answer has been around longer and has more reg'd offspring BUT, Confidence Plus has Preg Check of 105 with 78% reliability while Right Answer doesn't show a Preg Check score. Is this the right perspective when comparing and or should the Preg Check score get more recognition in this comparison?

Right Answer
http://genex.crinet.com/beef/index.php? ... e=1AN01146

TRAIT CED BW WW YW RADG SCR DOC HPG CEM MILK MKH MW MH $EN
EPD 12.0 -0.5 63 113 0.23 1.06 23 18 9 29 521 33 0.3 -4.53
ACC .93 .97 .95 .94 .78 .94 .88 .67 .84 .90 1781 .80 .78


Confidence Plus
http://genex.crinet.com/beef/index.php? ... 72&lang=EN

TRAIT CED BW WW YW RADG SCR DOC HPG CEM MILK MW MH $EN
EPD 18.0 -1.8 62 115 0.29 0.10 24 19.2 17 25 23 0.1 -11.21
ACC .69 .82 .74 .68 .42 .73 .64 .37 .19 .24 .44 .26



Bottle fed calf with the runs
by Bar E (Posted Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:17:12 GMT+5)
Yup she is quite a bit better but not where I want her to be at, but a long ways from where she was. Thank you all for your time and expertise.
-E



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SALACOA VALLEY HOSTS TWO DAY SALE EVENT
Unseasonably warm temperatures and dry weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of 142 registered buyers from nine US States, Mexico and Australia who gathered at Salacoa Valley Farms, Fairmount, Ga.
INTEREST IN LEGEND LESPEDEZA CONTINUES TO GROW
Predictions swirling around for 2017 include very little improvement for beef prices and the possibility of some extended drought conditions in some regions. That means that every serious manager facing this possible scenario had better be looking for ways to manage on both sides of the ledger.
BLACK INK -- THE PAYOFF FROM PROGRESS
There's always something more to do. After the holidays, things will slow down. Nah, maybe after calving, branding and breeding. But then, summer comes and there's all that hay to make when the sun is shining, fences to build and cedars to eliminate (or insert your own region-specific fair-weather task).
IT'S THE PITTS -- GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND BEEVES
I get my news from paperview. I read the newspaper. I don't watch much television and have found that your average security camera monitor is more entertaining than TV.
HUNTIN DAYLIGHT -- PAST TIME FOR A UNIFIED INDUSTRY VOICE
Ignoring extremist animal rights groups in the hopes of dousing the flames of controversy might have seemed logical in the beginning. Limping along without having to commit more scarce resources to the fight might have seemed necessary. Now, these notions seem less quaint than downright destructive.
MANAGEMENT OF YEARLING BULLS IMPORTANT TO HERD
With the spring sale season on the horizon, it is time we dedicate a little discussion to bull management.
PRODUCERS SHOULD FOCUS ON IMPROVING PROTEIN NUTRITION
One of the most common topics discussed when feeding pasture and breeding cattle is protein. Producers are concerned with crude protein in their hays, pastures, supplements and so on.
FRIENDSHIP FARMS SALE AVERAGES $4,010 ON 83 LOTS
The Friendship Farms Fall Bull Sale was held October 28, 2016 in Canoochee, Ga.
GENETRUST AT CHIMNEY ROCK HELD NOVEMBER 4-5
The GENETRUST @ Chimney Rock is an annual highlight of the Brangus breed, producing more chart topping A.I. sires than any other sale in the breed and the deepest offering of registered females anywhere, and 2016 was no exception.
PROPER BULL SELECTION CAN INCREASE RETURNS
The past few years have seen a dramatic downturn in calf prices from historic highs to the lowest prices in four or five years. Unfortunately, some input prices are slow to come down while other inputs still remain high; thus causing a strain on budgets.
DROUGHT CAUSES SHORTAGE OF HORSE QUALITY HAY
Though we have received some beneficial rains the last few weeks the availability of hay, especially horse quality hay, is something that will continue to be problematic for several more months.
PASTURES REQUIRE REST AND RECOVERY FOLLOWING DROUGHT
The winter is typically a time that we count on for rainfall and cooler temperatures in the Southeast. By the time you read this article, significant rainfall may have fallen around the state already. However, this does not mean we are "out of the woods" on drought conditions.
PRODUCERS MUST MANAGE DRASTIC WEATHER SHIFTS
One of the joys of living in the south is the often mild winters we experience. However, as I write this article, we've currently just experienced one of the weather swings that Mississippi is famous for. A Friday of temperatures hovering in the upper 30's to low 40's to a Saturday of almost 80° to a Sunday of freezing rain and sleet.
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 -- YOU CAN NEVER BE NEW AGAIN
Farmers and ranchers, I was thinking of you today. You hardly ever write any more. When I started writing this column 35 years ago I got lots of letters. Paul Harvey once sent me a box of 1,400 letters addressed to me. But not so much anymore.

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