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Emaciated cow eats hay but eats one cube and stops
by alisonb (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:47:22 GMT+5)
That animal arrived at your place with issues, don't want to sound negative but doubt that her problems are over. Anti inflammatory drugs can do wonders...for a while only. Honestly, I would not have been able to watch that cow every day, getting thinner and thinner, suffering...

Wish you luck and hope you make the right decision.



buying a set of corriente or longhorn cattle
by Farm Fence Solutions (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:45:42 GMT+5)
I prefer cows that are the most profitable. Right now, our most profitable cows are LH X Angus bred back to an Angus bull. They will wean calves just as big as our Angus cows bred to the same bull. They are all on the same diet, and the Angus cows look like ragged azz while the LH and LH X cows are fat and slick. It works for us, and our buyer prefers our cross calves over the handful of purebreds we still raise.



Starting grass fed beef in Wi. "Direct market"
by Highpoint (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:36:46 GMT+5)
Welcome. I am really new here too and it is a place to learn.



Straightbreeding Angus
by dun (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:26:56 GMT+5)
ClinchValley wrote:Why not grow more pounds. Unless you sell registered feeders. Took 10 calves this week. Two FB Simmi's, oldest of the group, were lighter than crossbred calves two and three months younger. Ranged from 8-11 months. To be honest i was pretty aggravated. I now completely understand the reason for crossbreeding.
Only one problem with this concept. If you are a seedstock producer you will sell some straightbred feeder calves. Goes with the territory of seedstock production. Most time, not all, a crossbred heifer/cow will sell for less than a registered heifer/cow. This past year as we cut down we have sold most of our registered red angus but still have a lot of the crossbreds. They just didn;t/wouldn;t bring as much and the demand wasn't as high. Our crossbred female animals are as high a quality as the registered but the buyers want to also be able to sell registered cows/bulls.



Maine anjou
by JWBrahman (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:09:13 GMT+5)
There is a Maine Anjou herd not far from me in Zachary, Louisiana. The cows are solid black, around 1200-1300 pounds, frame 5 meat wagons. I bought one and like her. No birthweights over 80 from our cow. Not the best milkers, but the udders are usually good with decent teats.

They do make a nice F1 crossed with Brahman. Maine is one of the breeds that reaches sexual maturity early so it's a good cross for Brahman.

Maine Angus crosses produce more yield grading Choice than a straight Angus.



For-Most head gate
by ddd75 (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:55:35 GMT+5)
pricefarm wrote:The tarter squeeze for 1600$ says it's only good for cows up to 1300lbs. Most of my cows are well over 1300. I differently don't want another saloon style head gate that's what I have now and hate it. I have had to many cows start through the head gate then back up and open it then run through and get caught at the hips.

yea I had one of those head gates as well and had that happen.. I sold it after that. I had to use a tractor to pull the cow out she was in so good.



Record Keeping
by pdfangus (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:39:31 GMT+5)
I went to calfbook

30 day free trial and then three payment plans to chose from



Thank goodness their home
by True Grit Farms (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:24:03 GMT+5)
boondocks wrote:True Grit Farms wrote:boondocks wrote:I seem to remember a bunch of folks on CT having admitted to shoplifting or other idiocy in the teens (or even 20s). A sorority sister of mine in college took clothes from TJ Maxx...From a good family, who got her a good attorney, resulted in a slap on the wrist. Not condoning the act; hopefully they'll learn from their mistakes made so young, just as we all (hopefully) do.
My family would of never got me out of jail much less hire an attorney for stealing. I've done a lot of bad things, but stealing isn't one of them. My pop told me stealing is the worst thing a person can do, and if I ever did he'd beat me till I was blind. I don't know what he meant, but I know he meant it. I have no use for a thief, and feel after three strikes, they deserve a bullet behind the ear.

Care to tell us what some of the bad things were that you got away with?
No I wouldn't want to bore you, and no I didn't get away with them all either.



Big rubber tire water tanks
by jltrent (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:52:13 GMT+5)
These big rubber tires even make a good swimming pool.........





Finishing calves
by Son of Butch (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:17:20 GMT+5)
Early grain feeding increases marbling.

creep feed while on the cow.
Wean and put on a growing ration... good place to use some of your silage
when they reach 900 lbs switch to finishing ration ie more shell corn



Movie - Wind River
by Ky cowboy (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:25:57 GMT+5)
I watched wind river the other day. It is a good movie worth watching for sure



Fast Food Workers Rant
by wacocowboy (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:55:01 GMT+5)
bball wrote:wacocowboy wrote:bball wrote:
Hey Waco, I'm not worried about the sauces, but someone better check the sodium on those fries because man, you sure are salty!

Sorry, I couldn't resist

Lol I wasn?t meaning to be salty. I like a lot of Fence?s post. I was just stating I think people should do a good job no matter where they work. I put pride in my work and I just expect the same from others especially when I am doing business with them. I do apologize if I came off salty not my intent.

No need to apologize I can take it

No, you weren't really salty. I took the low road opportunity to squeeze in some humor(at least to me) thanks for being a good sport!


Cool. I am pretty easy going glad I could give you some chuckles



Charles Manson in grave condition
by wacocowboy (Posted Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:49:45 GMT+5)
Shame they stopped the death penalty back in the 70s he would be long gone. They should of let his gut bleed out back in January that would of been a fitting way to go.



Halter Training
by DLD (Posted Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:54:43 GMT+5)
Our method is closer to Boot Jack?s. We don?t even try to start them til they?re weaned. We hand feed them for a few days, try to spend an hour or so a couple times a day just being around them, getting them used to us - some will let you scratch them pretty soon. When they?re pretty calm, we?ll tie them in the chute and alley and just comb and scratch on them for a couple days, then move them out and tie them to the fence - not high until they?re done fighting it. Comb and brush and introduce the show stick. In the beginning we don?t do it for long - an hour is plenty in my opinion - they get tired and frustrated just like us, and in my experience longer at a time at this stage doesn?t really make the process go any faster. But, I do think that that it?s very important to do it at least once a day - twice a day does shorten the process. We do it just before feeding time, and after being tied for a couple of days, we start leading them to feed. When that?s going fairly well, we start leading them farther each day. Almost all of them will be leading well enough to move to the show barn in a week or ten days from the first time they were haltered.

Everyone has their own methods that work best for their situation, this is just what I?ve refined mine down to over the past 40 years.



prayers..
by DLD (Posted Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:02:09 GMT+5)
Sorry for your loss GB



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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.
STARTING A BACKGROUNDING PROGRAM TAKES PLANNING
Some ranchers hold calves over as yearlings to sell later/bigger, and some people buy light calves in the spring to put on grass and grow to a larger weight. Some put weaned calves into a confinement program--fed a growing ration until they are ready to go to a finishing facility.
THERE ARE CHALLENGES TO KEEPING FEEDLOT CALVES HEALTHY
It's harder today to keep calves healthy after they leave the ranch and enter a feedlot. Dr. Eugene Janzen (Assistant Dean, Clinical Practice, Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary) says there has been a lot of research in the past decades looking at pharmaceutics—vaccines and antibiotics.
TEXAS AG LOSSES FROM HARVEY ESTIMATED AT $200 MILLION
Hurricane Harvey, which decimated parts of South Central Texas and the upper Gulf Coast, caused more than $200 million in crop and livestock losses, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists.
IT'S THE PITTS -- DELIVER US FROM EVIL
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HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- FLATTER BUT BROADER
While cattle markets since the first of the year continue to amaze, apparently widespread profits across industry sectors cloud the notion of how long and far the nation's cowherd will continue to expand.
BLOAT RISKS INCREASE WITH COOLER WEATHER AND FROST
Bloat generally occurs when there's a change to higher protein feeds, such as from grass to alfalfa, according to Dr. James England (University of Idaho Caine Center).
DEATH CAUSED BY TOXICITY IN HERDS CAN BE FRUSTRATING
Both nitrate/nitrite and ammonia/urea toxicity in cattle can cause multiple deaths in a herd with few clinical signs and few to no gross or microscopic lesions of animals who die. These deaths can be frustrating for farmers and veterinarians and can present a diagnostic challenge to pathologists.
ALABAMA CONNECTION SALE AVERAGES $4,552
The Alabama Connection Santa Gertrudis Sale was held October 7, 2017 in Cullman, Ala.
MID SOUTH BULL SALE AND NEAL FAMILY HEIFER SALE HELD
The Mid South Bull and Neal Family Commercial Heifer Sale was held September 15, 2017 in St. Francisville, La.
AUBURN RESEARCH AIMS TO DETERMINE HEIFER FERTILITY
The seeds for Paul Dyce's animal science research were planted early in his life, while working on the family farm in Ontario, Canada.
FAIR EXHIBITORS MUST FOLLOW GOOD HEALTH MANAGEMENT
Livestock show season can be a very exciting and busy time for exhibitors and their families. Even if you do not directly participate in livestock exhibitions, attending the Fair or helping your neighbor with their kid's projects can serve as a risk to the health of your own herd.
DO NOT IGNORE VACCINE FUNDAMENTALS
Even in this technological age, it's the simple things we do that are usually the most effective. You can buy a fancy, expensive pickup with all the gadgets but if you don 't maintain it right, it won't last. You can buy the best genetics, but if you don't manage them right they won't perform as expected. It's the same with our common management procedures. If we ignore the fundamentals, we will not achieve our purpose.
MAKE SURE CALVES GAIN IMMUNITY AGAINST DISEASE
Whether a person is fall calving or spring calving, making sure calves gain adequate immunity against disease is an important part of cattle management.

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