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Poll - 'Chickens'
by Nesikep (Posted Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:48:37 GMT+5)
tough choices!, good pics!



What's a reasonable price to you as the buyer?
by Son of Butch (Posted Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:37:13 GMT+5)
Stocker Steve wrote:Caustic Burno wrote:Open cow no matter the breeding isn't worth a dried up monkey turd to me.

63 cents per pound
Nah... CB lights his cigars with Fifties.



Angus Expert Question #5
by Lazy M (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:18:15 GMT+5)
Air gator wrote:I like the CE and growth of Sandpoint Butkus. I think he earned his wings....I think when he sold he was just another Sav Final Answer son until his calves sold.
I like him too. Does SS still carry him though? Didn't see him offered last time I looked at their site.



Spring Pictures - Calves and Bred Heifers
by jscunn (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:12:19 GMT+5)
A different Rockstar Heifer than the one above, also out of a first calf heifer. This is alittle better than the one above.
She is the one on the right. I think her mother did a tremendous job for a 2 yr old.





Roaaad Trip !
by Stocker Steve (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:07:41 GMT+5)
Dad was in town so we went hit the road today after chores. Looked over a used Case tractor, went to two bull sales, won a door prize, and stopped at a micro brewery on the way to a Johnny Cash Tribute show. I love the cattle business!!!

The sale pricing was all over -- with some grade yearling heifers at about $800 and most registered yearling heifers at about $1400. The grade heifers were green and the registered heifers were greasy... How does an average producer justify buying a shiny $1400 yearling?



What are you eating today?
by SPH (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:36:55 GMT+5)
Some delicious looking photos above! I didn't take pictures but I did a "quick smoke" on some chicken thighs and breasts and pork spareribs tonight. Chicken turned out great, very juicy and tender. Spare ribs were OK but in my haste of trying to do some meats on a higher temp smoke in a 2 hour period I tried to finish them off with some hotter direct heat and wound up getting a little too much char on the underside.

Love this time of the year though, great weather to put some meat on the grill/smoker and relax on the patio



Hi Tensile question
by CaddoFarms (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:28:33 GMT+5)
I have been using 9 guage brace wire and wrapping it twice....is that overkill, can I do just one wrap? Other than that ive been building them like you described pretty much thanks to texas a&m's guide I followed.



Asking For Prayers
by Bright Raven (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:00:41 GMT+5)
FlyingLSimmentals wrote:The Surgery only lasted 2 1/2 hrs. or so. I Don't know anything else yet. My Aunt is down there and my two cousins have been down there. Was told that my aunt and no one has been able to see him. Dad wants me to ride down there to Vanderbilt with him tomorrow to try and find out more info. Thank You for the Prayers Sent and Please keep us on your prayer list.

Thanks for the update. I am keeping your family in my thoughts. I like the idea of going down with your dad. Brothers can make potent medicine.



Give her another chance ?
by Cross-7 (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:42:24 GMT+5)
No idea on how long with the bull.
She had a really nice big heifer calf that I should have kept.
Cows with smaller calves bred back.

She is almost a pet.
Boss cow but easy to get along with.



Loan recommendations
by Craig Miller (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:33:15 GMT+5)
FSA will give you the money for the cows and the land if your willing to do the hoop jumping.



Packin Heat when mowing the lawn
by Craig Miller (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:31:14 GMT+5)
backhoeboogie wrote:Jogeephus wrote:Bright Raven wrote:
Jo,
I have thought about that. In the heat of the confrontation, I wanted to kill him. I hope if I was packing, I would have a wisp of enough self control left to not do that. Because after it was over, it was non-sense.

Don't think you would have. I had a knife in my pocket as I always do and the thought of using it never crossed my mind. I think there is a big line between wanting to kill someone and deciding to kill someone. Of course for some that line might be a thin dotted line and even blurry for some.

Just remember, you have to live with it afterwards. You could live a long long time with the memory. :-(

You will also have to live without what they take. Could be a family member.



What to do? I need some opinions.
by BC Acres (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:59:49 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:Good young bulls come through the sale barns here almost weekly. And most of the time you can buy them for a bid or two over kill prices.

Would you feel safe buying a bull you don't know what the calving ease might be? He would be the sire of the second and third calves of my cows. How many calves until you don't put too much stock in calving ease?



Permitless Carry in TX
by JSCATTLE (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:59:11 GMT+5)
You would never guess I had a gun on me .. I wear shorts and tennis shoes all but 3 months out of the year. I wear fishing or tee shirts most of the time with a ball cap. I've been to both the concealed class and the hunters ed class . Both are jokes. They passed a lady in my carry class on her last shot . I shot the first 20 rounds and my instructor told me to save my ammo.. I've been in a couple altercations while I had my pistol but never thought to pull it. I will try to talk my way out of a situation, however that doesn't include giving up my wallet or letting someone threaten my wife or kids. I carry a small 380 most of the time. If I use it I'll have one arm around the guys neck upper body and the pistol stuck under his arm.. I hope I'm never in that situation.



Completely Flat Land???
by skyhightree1 (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:50:36 GMT+5)
hmm all I have is flat land



Please tell and show me your xbred Char cow experiences.
by ricebeltrancher (Posted Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:56:03 GMT+5)
I hate them. But most Charolais around here are sorry and mean, so take it with a grain of salt.



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NEBRASKA STUDY SHOWS NO ILL EFFECTS FROM CROP RESIDUE GRAZING
It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even these heavy beasts can't do much to compact common soils—if they're grazed responsibly.
IT'S THE PITTS -- ASK THE STYLEMASTER
It's been awhile (30 years) since I, the god of good taste, answered your many questions regarding what's in style. It's quite natural that you'd seek guidance from such a fashion forward expert as myself.
PASTURE RECOVERY AFTER DROUGHT CAN BE DIFFICULT
Maintaining a healthy pasture can be challenging, even in years with average rainfall. Drought affected the southeastern US from July to December of 2016. Drought conditions can impact pasture productivity further into next season.
PRIORITIZATION IS IMPORTANT TO NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT
Most cattle producers have a nutrition program of one type or another. Some are very well structured, perhaps even having been designed working with a nutritionist. Others are less sophisticated and are the results of getting recommendations at the local feed store or coffee shop. Some are very simple and include grazing on pasture, feeding some hay in winter and throwing out some range cubes when you want to call the cows up to gather calves (this is the program I grew up with).
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- HOW THEY'RE RAISED
“It was what I would call a life-affirming experience, maybe even a life-altering one,” Peetie Womack said with a solemnity seldom heard. He was addressing the monthly meeting of the Rio Rojo Cattlemen's Association (RRCA), talking about a brief journey to Kansas where recent wildfires had done some of the broadest and worst damage.
DEBTER RECOGNIZED BY ALABAMA BCIA
The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently awarded the 2016 Richard Deese Award to Glynn Debter of Debter Hereford Farm in Horton, at the 2017 Alabama BCIA Annual Meeting held in Jemison on March 11.
SALACOA VALLEY BRANGUS SALE HELD MARCH 25
Eighty-nine registered buyers from 11 states and Australia participated in the recent Salacoa Valley Customer Appreciation Sale in at Salacoa Valley Farms in Fairmont, Ga.
IT'S THE PITTS -- MY EMPTY-BUCKET LIST
Other than becoming the first billion dollar lotto winner, my bucket-list is empty. I've already jumped in a pool fully clothed, made soap, worked a potter's wheel and been lost in the smoke at 6,000 feet over Donner Pass in a small airplane.
NUTRITIONAL TOOLS ENHANCE HERD PERFORMANCE
In more recent history, cattle producers are beginning to focus more on production efficiency. “What is the most economical way I can produce a calf or a pound of gain on the bulls and heifers I sell?” With every production parameter there is an efficiency measurement that comes with it. Cattle producers are in a constant search for ways to save money or improve productivity and profits. Producers who are in the business to be profitable and to maximize profits should review all avenues that can improve efficiency and help the productivity and performance of their herds. Since the largest single input for most herds is nutrition this article will focus on this aspect.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- TRADING UP IN HERD REVENUE
Although still discounted relative to fed cattle, resurgent calf and feeder cattle prices continued to lift hopes through March.
CONSIDER USING BALEAGE TO CONSERVE FORAGE
In many county Cattlemen's meetings and trainings held of late, I have strongly encouraged producers to consider taking full advantage of spring rains and growing conditions. Included in that discussion is usually an encouragement to use baleage to harvest and store any excess winter forage production. In this article, we will dive a little deeper into the management and use of baleage.
CLOVER SPECIES CAN COMPLEMENT FORAGE PRODUCTION
Most of the forage production in Mississippi targeting livestock is dominated by warm-season perennial grasses (bermudagrass and bahiagrass) and cool-season annual grasses (annual ryegrass and small grains). However, there is a number of clover species that can complement forage production to improve yields, reduce nitrogen inputs, improve forage quality, and extend the grazing season.
BRAHMAN FIELD DAY HELD AT LANGDALE FARMS
Education, fellowship and fun were on the program for the Brahman Field Day held at Langdale Farms in Avast, Georgia January 19-20. Langdale Farms hosted and sponsored the event; additional sponsors included the Wire Grass Cattleman Association and the Florida Brahman Association (FBA).
SIRE SELECTION IS FOUNDATION FOR PROFITABLE HERD
Bull selection is the foundation for building a profitable beef herd. Approximately 88 percent of the genetic makeup of a herd after 10 years of breeding will have come from the bulls used.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- CIRCULAR CHATS
Hooter hated driving anywhere with lots of traffic, which was about anywhere on I-45, from about Sherman to south of Houston; anywhere on I-35 from South of San Antonio to Oklahoma City; anywhere on I-20 from…you get the notion.

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