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Cowboys on call
by M-5 (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:15:33 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:M-5 wrote:greybeard wrote:Most of us have almost gotten killed doing all sorts of things. Working cows is just one of a million ways to get killed or maimed. Most of us are going to die laying in a bed.
I have been in wild cow catching where a buddies horse got gored. seen numerous guys snatched off by trees or tangled ropes heck there was a time on saturday nites we would go to the rodeos and do wild cow milking. they would pull put about 10 f1 braford and brangus cows in the arena, roper would get her caught , Mugger (Me ) would run the rope and hold her , the roper would then drop the rope and have to fill the coke bottle with milk. some cows would always be dry. Prize money was 250 bucks. It always came down my team or my brothers team to win which all 4 of us usually were catching cows together.
I've seen it with a pail but not a coke bottle. About 1/2 the time, the pail would get kicked or knocked over and they got to the line with no milk or not enough milk. One place put a steer in the mix too.
It was a glass coke bottle the little ones 8oz i think . its hard as heII to aim a teat to hit that little hole.
by Bfields30 (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:14:47 GMT+5)
BFE wrote:I bought a group of pairs from a retiring neighbor last year, a couple 4 YO's and the rest 6-8. 1400 for the young ones, and 800 for the aged. Yesterday started calving this group, the first one was an 8 YO baldie cow, nice spry heifer. IMO, the old girls are here to stay until they give me a reason not to, and I won't be afraid to go this route again. The older gals in good shape are easier to make money on than the young ones.
Worse comes to worse do like Brangusman, flip them and start over. Many times you can buy an older cow pair for the price of the weaned calf. Even at low kill price, the cow is worth 50% of your upfront cost. yeah since I?m new to cattling I?m thinking about doing this I plan getting the open two bred and selling in June and the bred one should calf by June and I?ll probably sell as a pair
now they want to take away ALL OTC tetracycline. (LA200,etc)
by Ky hills (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:41:45 GMT+5)
sim.-ang.king wrote:Just wait until you will have to pay a vet to inject anything, or give any type of medicine.
Be it a scour pill to a group of sick calves, vaccines, or even pour-on.
It's coming, and there will be nothing we can do about it, until we the farmers take charge, and run the regulators out on a rail.
I fear we the farmers are not in a place to take charge, maybe maybe not just don't know the anwer to that, but one thing is for sure we the farmers will ultimately end up carrying the burden of the added costs. If the respective livestock organizations could/would communicate with the consuming public the truth and consequences of these issues it may have some influence. I also think that if the consumers as well as other points in the supply chain beared some of the added costs to compensate instead of the farmers absorbing all the costs it may wake some up.
fence tips and tricks
by M-5 (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:41:31 GMT+5)
callmefence wrote:callmefence wrote:M-5 wrote:
on net i have a tool for that.
Ok top secret stuff here.
My old favorite
And my new favorite.
I use a deepwell 9/32 1/4" drive socket most of the time
how to make more money on 300 acres
by Son of Butch (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:37:50 GMT+5)
dieselbeef wrote:lease it all to someone else and let them deal with it...
Yup and get a job as a dentist... consistently ranks as highest paying job with lowest stress and best hours in the nation.
Putting bulls with your cows around the fixed time AI?
by Ebenezer (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:37:17 GMT+5)
Smell of bulls and bull urine can help cows cycle from what I read a long time ago. Have bulls across a fence or move bulls out of their spot and put cows in immediately to let the pheromones do their thing. Can swap bulls and cows every 2 days to keep it strong.
by torogmc81 (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:34:34 GMT+5)
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:torogmc81 wrote:Bye Cal, bye Gonzaga. Last nite left me happy with the results
And btw, Cal lost to a "top scorer injured 9-seeded BRUCE WEBER coached" team?? Ouch, that's gotta hurt his Mount Everest ego!!!!
I don't have a bone to pick with Gonzaga but I'll take part in your glee since you and I share the same opinion of Coach Cal.
My Gonzaga dislike started with Adam Morrison, so he left a lasting impression. And I guess i'm acting like a child being closed minded but once I dislike a team/organization it's hard to turn me around. i.e. Ohio State, NE Patriots
Real world WW gains
by Ebenezer (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:34:23 GMT+5)
Brute 23 wrote:These are local bulls raised with in an hour. I would call the cows better than a lot you see off the side of the road. Nutrition should be adequate to maximize genetics.
Assume all that is the same... from one bull to the next... What will you see in real pounds on the calves?
If the new bull's growth is more from individual growth and not from mama's (more) milk, then expect your new WW to go up one half of the difference.
Round bales stored outside
by NonTypicalCPA (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:25:13 GMT+5)
Stored mine outside in a one over two triangle, end to end, then tarped. The ends were weathered but everything else looked great. My small barn will hold 28 rounds so as that emptied, I'd untarp a row and move them into the barn on a dry day. That way I only had to mess with the tarp twice, once when covering and once when uncovering. Worked great in our northern winter!
what are you listening to right now
by dieselbeef (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:55:31 GMT+5)
Hi! I'm new here and new to cow's
by greybeard (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:49:03 GMT+5)
Hoover Dam settling cows?
by hornedfrogbbq (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:45:23 GMT+5)
Our experience is there are so many variables - your storage, handling, prep, condition of cattle, etc. Everyone points fingers at everyone else. I do know most of the big semen houses will be testing the bulls almost weekly to make sure their semen is not only fertile fresh, but also strong enough to be viable post freezing. That is KEY. Plattemere Weigh Up is a great example. He was used extensively and then for some reason, his semen changed and is no longer viable post freezing. Deer Valley told me last week he is doing a great job when used "live" but they are no longer able to sell straws out of him.
Bulls change over the years. We had a "zero" year that was a disaster when we had a bull collected and then did not have our vet check the viability of our semen post thaw. It turns out, our small shop collector never tested the semen post thaw. It cost us dearly and we've learned our lesson.
Poll - 'Winds'
by frieghttrain (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:39:29 GMT+5)
Awsome pictures, hard choice.
by M-5 (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:19:07 GMT+5)
Rafter S wrote:M-5 wrote:I went to Zenni optical yesterday because I am hard on glasses and last year Was suffering from headaches because I use a computer a lot and with the bifocals. The DR. put me in tri focals and problem went away instantly . Zenni does not do trifocals . I can not wear progressives because Of being on roofs and climbing ladders i have to have that definitive line for depth perception .
I sit in front of a computer 7-8 hours a day, and also wear bifocals. Go to your eye doctor, and have him or her write you a prescription for single lenses set for your vision at the distance from your head to your monitor. I can't recommend this highly enough. I have a pair that I keep on my desk. As soon as I sit down I take off my bifocals and put them on. Whenever I need to get up I switch them out again. It's no big deal, and is much better than trying to turn my head just right so I can see.
I can appreciate that but I'm done swapping glasses. I can even remember to swap glasses when im welding or grinding hence the issue with being hard on glasses. I like the trifocals and they help alot when welding also.
Need your vote please.
by Nesikep (Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:00:29 GMT+5)
I'm OK with it, otherwise we're going to start having debates about which flags are allowed and which ones aren't, then we're going to have a contest about Statues, but only "good" people statues... etc etc etc
And judging by the contest, perhaps flags are a liability to getting votes.. don't know if it's the out-of-state folks, Football grudges, or what though
CALVING APPS MAKE RECORD KEEPING EASIER
In today's day and age, we rarely go anywhere without some kind of technology in our pocket or vehicle. Even in the livestock industry, there is an app for many of the tasks we conduct each day that can make our lives easier if we take the time to learn how to use them.
HORN FLY IS MOST COSTLY PEST TO SOUTHERN PRODUCERS
The most costly pest on Georgia cattle is the horn fly, and Georgia cattlemen spend over $6 million annually to combat it.
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE BANKRUPTCY BOOK
We've all heard of Chapter 11 and millions of folks have lived through chapters seven and 13, but where is this bankruptcy book where these chapters come from?
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- SOME PENNIES MATTER MORE
It makes little sense to trip over the proverbial dollar in search of the odd penny that can be saved. It's just as defeating to ignore pools of copper that can be had for the investment of a few dollars.
PRODUCERS USE SEVERAL EFFICIENCY MEASURES TO MANAGE BEEF HERDS
Cow-calf producers use a variety of efficiency measures to help manage production systems. Many of these are technical efficiencies that capture physical measures of output and input use and range from very specific measures to more broad-based values that incorporate a range of production components.
UT BEEF SPECIALIST ANSWERS QUESTIONS
Beef producers ask experts lots of questions designed to improve production, so to help them start 2018 with the best practices, University of Tennessee Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jason Smith answers the four most frequently asked questions of 2017.
GOALS SET FOR TAMU ANIMAL SCIENCE BEEF PROGRAMS
Over the past decade, dramatic weather changes such as drought and parasites have created a set of new challenges for Texas beef cattle producers.
CASTRATION CAN BE A USEFUL MANAGEMENT TOOL
Do you castrate your bulls? In 2006, Oklahoma State University research estimated that more than 17,000,000 bulls between one day and one year of age are castrated in the United States.
BEWARE OF MINERAL DEFICIENCIES DURING WINTER MONTHS
Winter months remind us of possible nutritional concerns cattle can face. There are several nutrients that may become deficient in cattle diets, however this first in a series highlighting some more common mineral deficiencies and toxicities seen in Alabama cows will cover selenium associated problems.
WATER QUALITY IMPORTANT TO GOOD HEALTH OF HERD
The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity. If water is suspected of causing a health problem, seek veterinary assistance to determine a diagnosis.
BONES BREAKS IN CALVES REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
Occasionally cattle suffer fractures, and it's generally a leg bone. Often it's a young or newborn calf, and the fractured limb should be cast or splinted.
IT'S THE PITTS -- IF BUTT FOR A NAME
There's a fad occurring in the western world that I'd like to encourage. Ranch people are naming their kids rodeo-inspired words.
MAKE PLANS FOR STRATEGIC FLY CONTROL IN CATTLE HERD
Every cattle farm has flies and are considered a nuisance. However, fly infestation reduces performance and certain flies are responsible for spreading diseases such as pink eye and potentially anaplasmosis.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- FAKED OUT - PART 2
Hooter couldn't remember the last time the inside of a crew cab felt so good. His partial round of miniature golf with Myronjust Myronon a blustery West Texas morning left his hands beyond numb. He knew they'd sting like blazes when they started to thaw.
HEREFORD AND RED ANGUS FORM PARTNERSHIP
Two of the largest beef breed associations in the U.S. have teamed up to offer commercial cattlemen a groundbreaking, genetically verified program to improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America and the American Hereford Association are proud to introduce the "Premium Red Baldy" program, designed to capitalize on the best traits from both breeds while developing supreme quality commercial females.