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Taxes and Claiming Loss?
by Caustic Burno (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:14:00 GMT+5)
BK9954 wrote:1982vett wrote:BK9954 wrote:Been saving all my receipts but that's getting old. I'd rather my CPA start taking care of that
Say what? .... you are still going to have to keep up with the receipts so you can give them to your CPA. The more information you give him/her the easier it will be for them to give you good service. The more questions they have to come back to you with and the more time they spend sorting through your stuff just means they will billing you more hours.
Saving receipts and documentation of such is a fact of life in any business.
This year I have been using the yearly invoice print outs from all of my feed stores, veteranarians, online vet supplies, sales at all of my auctions and purchases of hay from individuals and of course private purchase and sale of cattle. I dont save reciepts or claim mileage or truck cost etc.. First 2 years boxes of reciepts. . Will my CPA not digitize or save any of this in my file, or its still up to me?
I have ever receipt for the last forty years if you get called in on an audit it's your a$$ on the line not the CPA.
If you ever have the IRS climb up your be nice your deduction better have a receipt. It is your responsibility no one else's. Secondly if you depreciate equip and sell it you better claim the profits that is a red flag
Is it safe to drink milk from a Johnes cow?
by Workinonit Farm (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:12:10 GMT+5)
But, the likelihood is pretty good that those of us purchasing commercially-produced milk at the grocery do occasionally ingest some live, viable MAP organisms. Are they a health threat? It remains to be seen.
Another reason I miss having my Jersey nurse cows, they were also used as our milk cows.
Looking at the rain
by Workinonit Farm (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:09:50 GMT+5)
Caustic Burno wrote: Black baldie heifer 1/2 Angus
1/4 Hereford 1/4 SH.
I bought her momma out of my running buddies pen as she was going to the salebarn he was running a SH bull on his Hereford and SH.
There's a guy, not far from me, most of his herd is that combo; SH, Hereford, Angus. He's got a couple of blue & white cows out there in the mix. Pretty, I guess you could call them 'Blue Herefords'.
What are you eating today?
by TN Cattle Man (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:05:34 GMT+5)
Dang Sky... That's a serious plate of Nachos right there! Looks Awesome!
by bigbruh (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:47:44 GMT+5)
Ouf of the 5 cows that i have, the only purebred a.i. sired heifer that i have is the one he picked from the bunch. Everything else is dairy influenced. What are the chances that she won't abort the calf?
Best breeds for a cold climate?
by Son of Butch (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:45:50 GMT+5)
Yes that's why there are Sooo many Tarentaise around almost can't throw a stone without hitting one.
A fad that has come and gone, but fashion is cyclical and they may come back around only to fade away again.
Someday I'll be the coolest kid on the block again with my bell bottoms.
Buying a Squeeze Chute
by Bar E (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:43:34 GMT+5)
What you folks are thinking of is called 'Auction Fever'. In a land far away along time ago I used to do some auctioneering. People get caught up in the moment. Love it.
Hay bed vs hay spear
by saltbranch (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:26:05 GMT+5)
I checked with J&I, they had the best price of all I found. The only problem is they would not ship, so OK. to South Texas was not going to work. My next option was the Pierce unit I spoke about and I found a dealer in Halletsville selling for 1450.00 and thats a 100 mile ride to pick up. The MFG is in Henrietta Tx and would only refer me to dealers, which is good and I understand. I found another Pierce dealer via the net...out of Montana. Price of 1279.00, no tax and drop shipping from MFG. in Henrietta,Tx.. Shipping cost me 75.00.
Kind of crazy, but I got my tracking # and its showing to arrive Thursday.
new fed law with antibiotics
by sim.-ang.king (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:14:52 GMT+5)
cowboy43 wrote:Mineral with IGA (fly retardant) needs a prescription also.
Larvicides don't need a prescription, just like wormers.
Green Bay at Dallas Cowboys 34-31
by haase (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:12:52 GMT+5)
Boot Jack, you are right, it has more to do with pride and also tradition, with over 100,000 names on the waiting list, which they say is about 30 years to get season tickets, no other team can come close to that, also with one of the oldest stadiums in the NFL they didn't have to print a whole lot of money since 1957 to do some of the improvements that they have done since then, the only older stadium older is soldier field, but that has been totally renovated.
by willy25 (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:10:05 GMT+5)
Im looking at getting a few angus steers this spring to fatten up and sell privately. I would like to get some input on my figures and let me know what you guys think! I want to buy them in the 750lb range. I will be keeping them in a dirt pasture with free choice of hay and feeding roughly 20 lbs of cracked corn per day. I am shooting for 180 days on feed at about 2.5lb gain per day? 2.5 per day gain hopefully that is a reasonable number? So here are my figures.
750lb steer at 1.25 per lb. -937.50
180 days on feed x 20 lbs per day. 3,600 lbs cracked corn roughly $160 per ton. -$320
Round up the $320 to $400 for extra cost. Minerals and what not.
So total cost would be 1,337.50
750 lb steer at 2.5 per day gain times 180 days- 1,200lbs
From my research beef is going for about 2.50 per lb hanging weight(private sale) 60% of a 1,200 lb steer is 720lb hanging weight. So 720lb times 2.50 per lb. -1,800
Total cost of 1,337.50 subtract 1,800 would be a 462.50 per head profit.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post and please tell me if I have all these numbers wrong! I appreciate all input!
3 week old calf drinking water
by Bar E (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:05:36 GMT+5)
Son of Butch wrote:Sounds like she may be a water drinker for life; once they start drinking water it's darn hard to train them to stop.
Well that's good lol. Still to small to get the water when it gets too low in the trough. She sure is a cutie pie.
by TCRanch (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:20:34 GMT+5)
chevytaHOE5674 wrote:You can tow as much as you can with a diesel, you just can't do it as fast.
Agreed. Mine's not a dually but the towing capacity is the same as a diesel and I do have a turnover 5th wheel hitch.
E-Z Trail Gravity Wagons
by littletom (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:10:36 GMT+5)
If you need it 2 run good on road. Put a old box on a new gear. Be a lot less money than those prices.
by TCRanch (Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:29:12 GMT+5)
Dohcvtec wrote:Do I need to give any vaccines to the heifers themselves right now before they calve
You may want to consider Scour Bos, only because a heifers immunity isn't as strong to protect against scours. Plan B to protect the calves is a First Defense bolus (or something similar).
https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.htm ... h%20(Broad)&utm_term=%2Bscour%20%2Bbos%20%2B9&utm_content=Scour%20Bos%209&kwid=25503485941x4170967940x28855982
IBBA ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 10-11, 2017
The International Brangus Breeders Association's (IBBA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Convention is scheduled for February 10-11 in San Antonio, Texas.
DEBTER HEREFORD FARM HOLDS 44TH ANNUAL SALE
Debter Hereford Farm's 44th Annual Production Bull Sale was held, October 22nd, at the farm in Horton, Alabama.
TAKING A LOOK AT 2017 FOR CATTLE PRODUCERS
It's time to drag out the trusty crystal ball and take a look at what 2017 has in store for the beef cattle industry. For this to make sense we need to consider where we came from and how we got to where we are.
IT'S THE PITTS -- CATTLE TRAITING
Expected progeny differences (EPD's) have done wonders in improving the quality of our cattle. My only problem with EPD's is there aren't enough of them for traits that I'm most interested in.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- FEWER AND BIGGER
Whether the proverbial chicken or egg, another round of agricultural consolidation appears to be spurred along by suppliers dealing with narrow margins.
BLACK INK -- MAKING THE MOST OF IT
Suppose we could only make 1 million cars. If the auto industry was limited for some reason, what would they do? Would they make small, cheap vehicles or big, premium, expensive cars? An industry observer asked that question at a cattle feeders meeting this summer.
LATE WEANING HELPS AVOID EFFECTS OF HARSH WINTER
A growing number of stockmen are calving later in the year (April, May or June) rather than early, to be more in tune with nature. They have green grass at calving time and less need for harvested forage when the cow's nutritional needs are peaking during lactation.
NEW VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2017
As of January 1, 2017, beef producers must comply with the new rule regarding use of antibiotics in feed. This rule is aimed at better management of certain antibiotics considered medically important to humansputting them under more veterinary supervision. This is part of a larger movement to minimize development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
HEALTHY SOIL AIDS GRASS AND ANIMAL VIGOR
Dung beetles, earthworms and pollinators are the good guys when it comes to the health of soil and grassland resources.
RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NEW WHITE CLOVER
Researchers at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and University of Georgia (UGA) have developed a new white clover variety called Renovation to help agricultural producers improve and maintain healthy, productive pastures.
IT'S THE PITTS -- WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS
My shrewd buddy Everett came by for a visit today. I haven't seen him for awhile because he's been hauling stock, driving his John Deere and learning how to operate a backhoe.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- MOM'S CHRISTMAS MEMORIES
Christmas Eve was always celebrated at a little two-room country school called Bethel School House out in the middle of Greggs' pasture.
CALVING IS VERY IMPORTANT TIME IN PRODUCTION YEAR
For the cow-calf operation, the main goal is for each breeding female to produce a healthy calve once per year. That said, in the typical cow-calf operation, calving is, without a doubt one of the most important periods of the entire production year.
EPDS PROVIDE THE MOST ACCURATE SELECTION METHOD
Selecting beef cattle based on expected progeny difference (EPD) values provides the most accurate selection method currently available to beef producers for economically important traits.
WILL IONOPHORES BE AFFECTED BY REGULATION CHANGES?
An ionophore is a feed additive used in beef cattle rations to improve feed efficiency and animal gains.