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Where to buy a cut of prime beef
by Alan (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:08:58 GMT+5)
One of my recent "want to do" is to cook up a good cut of prime beef. All I can get from the stores around here is choice, any suggestions, Internet or? And no my farm raised does'nt grade out prime and most likely won't ever, but it's mine!



NECowboy Is Going on a Diet
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:03:41 GMT+5)
dun wrote:I lost 50 pounds just from the meds for congestive heart failure, but I wouldn;t recommend it.
I probably take some of those same meds--I've put on 15 lbs in the last 2 months.
I know what the problem is tho..........since mid-July...







Feeding in winter
by J&D Cattle (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:00:44 GMT+5)
dun wrote:J&D Cattle wrote:I test my hay and supplement accordingly. Wet cows will get a little gluten this year with the hay we have out there and the dry cows won't get anything except hay.
I may supplement the 3 that calved this month but everything else gets hay or baleage unless we get deep snow or ice

You wrap your own hay Dun or have somebody do it? I think they charge $5/bale here.



What are you eating today?
by alisonb (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:57:28 GMT+5)
NECowboy wrote:Looks like a modified English breakfast must be popular in SA? What kind of sausages are those?
Not breakfast but supper, not sausage but crumbed steak strips . Your meals look good!
JMJ Farms wrote:Put it in the microwave and keep it warm I'm on the way




Frame questions
by Supa Dexta (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:55:10 GMT+5)
Once you know who the deal in, most have online catalogues, and guys here will have experience with most outfits and bulls.



Time
by Margonme (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:54:31 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:And here I am still trying to figure how far is "up".

Vatican City is governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head. The Vatican mints its own euros, prints its own stamps, issues passports and license plates, operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem.

Actually this is not 100% factual. The Pope is elected but does not make all rules, laws, writings etc. of the entire Roman Catholic Church which consists of so much more than Vatican City.

Richard, that statement also applies to the Office of the President of the US. The point is that Catholicism has achieved the highest degree of political status of any religion.



Heroin
by True Grit Farms (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:53:05 GMT+5)
We're far from perfect parents Fenceman, I just didn't want my kids to have to put up with what I had to. The best advice I can give anyone that's a parent, is to tell your kids you love them, and show them you love them. We can stop most of the drug and alcohol abuse in this country but we don't have the stomach for it, yet.



4 day old calf rapid breathing lazy
by skyhightree1 (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:51:38 GMT+5)
TXMike wrote:Got em both to the vet today. Calf was doing alot better but had more drainage today but was alot more active. Still could catch him in open pasture and load him in the trailer which isn't a good sign. Momma was a different story loaded her by myself and I bet she kicked me 10 timed and fought me the whole time..... I said I'd never use a hot shot since it riles em up so bad but today I was thinking about getting one she had me so frustrated...

Momma went through first and her temp was just under 104 but vet said that's not to high since she was all riled up. Checked teats and milk and everything checked out good.

Calf was around 105 temp heart beat was higher but she said normal for a calf. I was thinking pneumonia after the nasal drainage and rapid breathing. Vet checked lungs and said they sounded scratchy and agreed pneumonia. Gave him some exceed and dex. Said if he's not better by friday come back and we'll give him another round or I can come and she'll give it to me to take home to him. I will probably just bring him back if he's still easy to catch since she said to give it at the base of the ear to lower withdraw times. Cost me $111..... hope this dude makes it because he's already costing me to much money and momma was way late dropping a calf this year so they'll both get shipped if he recovers.

Vet was real nice and I can be frustrating to deal with because I'm a question machine and ask if I can do things so I'll be able to check myself next time. She said if I had to bring him back it'd only be like $25 so I can't complain there.

I would have rather sent that $ on restflor or nuflor and had the bottle at my disposal . If I were you id buy my own drugs to have to treat them. With the prices the way they are a vet can gobble those up quick. Not that theres anything wrong with using a vet but I am my own vet for the most part simply cause there not many around here. Glad it seems to be working out



KNERSIE
by Margonme (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:51:33 GMT+5)




What's going on with The forum
by greybeard (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:51:26 GMT+5)
One thing's fer sure--if the ads aren't visible, ya ain't gonna click on them. Here-I'm gonna put an ad in the middle of this post to illustrate that point:










See?



It all looked good until they started to set the trusses...
by millstreaminn (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:50:48 GMT+5)
cfpinz wrote:For sheer curiosity, why 38x70? I always try to round to divisions of 8.

That was the absolute biggest building that would fit on the spot.



Daily Joke
by TexasBred (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:45:02 GMT+5)
Best Dog Joke Ever!!!

Hillary Clinton called Bill Clinton into her office one day and said, "Bill, I have a plan to win back Middle America in 2016!"
"Great Hillary, but how?" asked Bill.
"We'll get some cheesy clothes and shoes, like most Middle
Class Americans wear, then stop at the pound and pick up a Labrador retriever. Then, we'll go to a nice old country bar in Montana and show them how much admiration and respect we have for the hard working people living there."
So they did, and found just the place they were looking for in Bozeman, Montana. With the dog in tow, they walked inside and stepped up to the bar.
The Bartender took a step back and said, "Hey! Aren't you
Bill and Hillary Clinton?"
"Yes we are!" said Hillary, "And what a lovely town you have here. We were passing through and Bill suggested we stop and take in some local color."
They ordered a round of bourbon for the whole bar, and started chatting up a storm with anyone who would listen.
A few minutes later, a grizzled old rancher came in, Walked up to the Labrador, lifted up its tail, looked underneath, Shrugged his shoulders and walked out. A few moments later, In came another old rancher. He walked up to the dog, Lifted up its tail, looked underneath, scratched his head And left the bar.
For the next hour, another dozen ranchers came in,
Lifted the dog's tail, and left shaking their heads.
Finally, Hillary asked, "Why did all those old ranchers come
In and look under the dog's tail? Is it some sort of custom?"
"Lord no," said the bartender. "Someone's out there
Running around town, claiming there's a Labrador Retriever In here with two a$$holes!"



Clay Pigeon Poison ?
by TexasBred (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:19:04 GMT+5)
Stocker Steve wrote:They used to caution about poisoning hogs with clay pigeon fragments. Have you ever heard of a problem like that in cattle pastures or watering holes? Would you use a pasture that had been used for hand trap ?If it works I'd call that a blessing.



Slaughtering
by CowgirlArch (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:11:48 GMT+5)
So, I am designing a small slaughterhouse and am having a heck of a time finding information on
how long a steer/bull/cow is when it is hanging from the bleed rail and dressing rail. We are trying to set our rails at the correct height before the legs come off, after the legs come off, and after the head is removed. We need to to design it for bulls up to 2,000 lbs. Does anyone have any clue how long a bull is when hanging from a meat rail at these three stages?

1. Fully intact in bleed rail
2. On Dressing rail with hocks cut
3. On Dressing rail with head removed

Any input would be greatly appreciated!



Breeding older heifer?
by fasttommy (Posted Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:09:37 GMT+5)
dun wrote:If you do breed her at 3, make sure you use a real calving ease bull. She won;t have t give in her pelvis that a younger heifer would have.

Thnks for bringing this to my attention. Thr risk is probably bigger than the reward here.



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Recently my family bought a camper. I was on the phone describing it to my mom, as she asked, “You mean, there's a wall right there? The bed folds down – how?”
BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE HELD AUGUST 1-3
After two years of historic high cattle prices, a record 1,900 producers attending the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station learned more about the current decline in prices and maintaining profitability despite declining profit margins.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- THE FUTURE OF CATTLE FUTURES
“It is almost certain that finished cattle have put in their summer lows as prices have found support,” explained Andrew P. Griffith, agricultural economist at the University of Tennessee.
IT'S THE PITTS -- 10 PLACES NOT TO FIND A COWBOY
If you want to catch a glimpse of a real cowboy here are ten places NOT to look.
SOUND MARKETING PROGRAM IS CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS
A sound marketing program is an integral part of any cattle production operation. Too many producers engage in cattle production without ever establishing a well thought out marketing and sales system.
ETHEREDGE ELECTED LIVESTOCK MARKETING ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT
Jerry Etheredge, Montgomery, Ala., was elected president of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). In this role, Etheredge will complete a two-year term leading the nation's largest livestock marketing trade association that represents more than 800 local livestock auction markets and allied businesses.
PRECONDITIONING VITAL PART OF CALF HEALTH PROGRAM
If you have sold a calf recently, I don't have to tell you that calf prices have dropped significantly from 2015. Last year, you could sell about anything and get good money for it; but now, you have to have a good calf to bring the best price. In the right market, preconditioned calves still bring the most money, and there is a good return on healthy calves. Besides a health premium, farmers also sell a heavier calf.
CONSUMER TRENDS HEADLINE BIF CONFERENCE
“The prosperity of this entire industry lies with the consumer.” Ag economist Ted Schroeder made that statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation meetings in Manhattan, Kan., June 15-17, but it summed up the theme of the opening session.
WINNER NAMED IN LMA AUCTIONEER CHAMPIONSHIP
Andy White, Ashland, Ohio, proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 53rd anniversary of Livestock Marketing Association's (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). Paris Stockyards in Paris, Ky. hosted the contest on Saturday, June 18.
TAKE STEPS TO MANAGE EFFECTS OF SUMMER HEAT
As we approach the heat of the summer months, many producers are battling the heat and humidity that is an integral part of life in the south. Summer brings with it rising temperatures and typically decreasing animal performance.
GENETRUST@CAVENDER'S NECHES RIVER RANCH SALE HELD
Green grass, blue skies and good cattle greeted buyers and bidders alike at the beautiful Neches River Ranch west of Jacksonville, Texas on April 23, 2016 for the annual spring GENETRUST Registered and Commercial Brangus Female Sale hosted by Cavender Ranches.
IT'S THE PITTS -- HUH?
In the May 30 edition of the Auction Exchange there was an ad celebrating the Midwest Auctioneer Roundup contest in Shipshewana, Indiana. There were pictures of the winners, contestants and one precious little three or four year old girl with her hands covering her ears.
DEVELOPING REPLACEMENTS FROM HERD TAKES DEDICATION
Maintenance and development of a quality purebred cow herd requires selection of proper genetics and an ongoing input of new breeding females. One of the most important questions the producer must ask is: “do I buy my replacements or do I develop them from within my own herd?”
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- COST, COST, COST
At the risk of sounding like the proverbial busted record, while revenue matters to the fortunes of cow-calf operations, cost matters more.
CRIMSON CLASSIC SALE AVERAGES $4,015
The Crimson Classic Santa Gertrudis Sale was held April 30, 2016 in Cullman, Ala.

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