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Priefert Bud Box Corral System
by bball (Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:42:14 GMT+5)
HD, first , i think its a bit too pricey for what it is. If you dont need it to be portable, i would follow some of the suggestions already made about solid posts, guard rail, etc. Secondly, the most effective bud boxes i have been around were solid panels(especially your gate that closes the box and sends them down the chute to headgate). The cows just flowed better instead of seeing daylight through panels and pausing to consider pushing through.
As far as gentle cows, well, i disagree. Bud box works best on cows that have a flight zone- makes them easy to move with little effort. Gentle cattle will just stand there looking at you because they have no real fear of you.
The key to an effective bud box is your positioning within the bud box system.
Good luck...judging from your last few threads, something big is about to go down for you on the cattle scene. Best wishes!
I'm A Little Nervous
by dun (Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:46:10 GMT+5)
farmerjan - When they abort 2 weeks or so early it would be pretty useless to try to graft a calf since the cow doesn;t have any milk yet.
by Ryder (Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:19:47 GMT+5)
melking wrote:Almost identical incident is also the only crash I have been involved in. She called the police who asked her what she wanted them to do. She said she wanted me charged for sitting still in a parking lot. Police were neice to her but told her there was no such thing.
Thanks. I needed that.
Kenny Thomas has a question
by Nesikep (Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:02:56 GMT+5)
Oh, and sulfate forms of mineral are the next best thing to chelated.. FAR better than oxides for sure..
Renting pasture & cows
by boondocks (Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:31:19 GMT+5)
Isn't another way to look at it what the lessor is getting out of the deal? He's just getting 3500/yr, the status quo on his cows, and some pasture upkeep. As long as the lease is for a period of time that you're happy with....I'd check the fences very well, against the off-chance you put a bunch of work in on them and then he pulls the plug as soon as prices rebound..
My novice 2 pesos....
Wasps - Ever heard this?
by Ouachita (Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:29:45 GMT+5)
There is other weird shyt my wife does that has kept us 100% free of antibiotics use for ourselves and our children, for just shy of 20 years. When I call her the witch doctor, she just gives me that semi-evil-sexy bedroom smile. Then she heals me.
Now that I think about it, it could be venom.
Which hay mix is best ?
by farmerjan (Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:28:49 GMT+5)
u4411clb wrote:In my opinion most horse people have no idea what they want. And it is not their fault they have been told so many different things. I have horse people that think fescue is a horse killer and I have others that manage it and buy lots of it and just don't feed to pregnant horses. And have had those guys say that well fertilized bermuda can cause compaction or colic in horses. Yet most people want bermuda for their horses here. Have some that believe clover will give horses the slobbers. Others wonder why I don't have hay with clover in it because they read it was good for horses. I have heard it all.
My opinion is if it is sprayed and a mono-culture meaning what ever it is it is only that one thing in the bale and it has a hint of green and smells a little sweet some horse person will love it. I just make sure I am totally honest with the person on what they are buying and they can grab any bale they want and test it at their expense and they can pick any bale square or round we will bust it open and take a look at it but when it leaves my property it is yours and not mine at that point.
Not to be mean or rude or deceive people but without that policy these horse people would drive you crazy. trying to return hay after feeding 55 out of 60 rolls of it because they think they found mold in a bale. Which could have came from it being a their place. Had some not buy because they felt it was not enough light in the barn even though they chose to come at night. On Thanksgiving no less. Anything they find on the internet they take as gospel even if it contradicts what they read there last week. So like I said I advise them to take their time. Test it and come by and see it. Buy a little first to see how horses do with it. But again it isn't leaving my place without cash or check and once it leaves it is now yours.
National Anthem Unbelievable
by dun (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:27:28 GMT+5)
ohiosteve wrote:Sorry dun, I wasn't trying to hijack you, I love a good Anthem.
TC, my daughter is 15.5 right now. I can't remember when that video was posted bit it was about 5 years ago. She was blessed with the talent of music and I love every minute of it!
Not a problem. I get so sick of people trying to jazz it up and make it "theirs" with some vocal foolishness. To have 500 kids all sing it at once just blew my socks off. A well done singing of it is always welcome
by JW IN VA (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:24:45 GMT+5)
What's CRP paying now?
by NolanCountyAG (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:20:40 GMT+5)
I know my neighbors have some that range from $23-$45/acre
Debate is finally settled.
by Commercialfarmer (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:17:23 GMT+5)
Dave wrote:How far north did you get? One of my co-workers was raised out of Eureka. She advised me to take a trip around the lost coast. Leave 101 a little north of Fortuna and loop around coming back through Humboldt State Park. Probably the worse paved road I have ever driven on and one of the most scenic drives I have ever taken. And other than a couple of ranches we had it all to ourselves. I know when we go south the next time we will schedule more time to spend there.
That's good to know Dave. My wife didn't get to go with me, so I plan on getting the rest of the drive in with her when we can. We'll be sure and take that exit.
I guess I didn't make it as far north as it seemed. Made it just south of Gualala. Hard to get anywhere when you are stopping every 20 minutes.
Is this the beginning?
by NolanCountyAG (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:15:49 GMT+5)
Finished planting wheat Saturday morning, started raining 9:00 that night and by 9:00 Sunday morning I had 4.6". Maybe should have planted rice instead.
Storage of Drugs
by kenny thomas (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:52:41 GMT+5)
My opinion, and look at my signature for what its worth, is the use of the generic and miss use of all of the Ivermectin products has made Cydectin a better choice. For me at least.
Let's talk about rope/wick applicators
by skyhightree1 (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:37:47 GMT+5)
I hate them I'd rather use a 4 wheeler and spot spray. I built one 70 bucks pos.. I use lime to kill broomsedge
by True Grit Farms (Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:21:00 GMT+5)
dieselbeef wrote:wifes not doing well...only seen the calf from a distance...its doing better than my wife
Sorry to hear that Gary. How's Gage doing?
TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE SHRINK WHEN WORKING CATTLE
One of the largest overlooked costs for stockmen when selling cattle is shrink. For example, if you are taking calves to a feeder calf sale, to be weighed off the truck and a two percent pencil shrink taken, those calves may have already lost six percent or more of their weight just getting them to market, resulting in at least eight percent shrink deducted from your paycheck.
BE PREPARED TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL CALVING SEASON
The fall calving season has kicked off, but are you really prepared for it? Here are a few of the important things to have handy for a successful calving season.
RESEARCHERS STUDY GENES TO ASSIST IN CATTLE BREEDING
Beef cattle selection may soon be as easy as looking at a cow's genes.
FOCUS ON GOOD MANAGEMENT OF A.I. PROGRAMS
The use of artificial insemination in beef cow operations has never reached anywhere near the acceptance of that of the dairy industry. The reasons for this bear discussion as they typically relate to many of the problems we encounter with A.I. in beef herds.
COMPOSITE BULLS HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN SOME AREAS
Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectorswhether production of hybrid corn, hogs or beef. There are three kinds of heterosis; individual (the calf), maternal, and paternal. Of the three, paternal heterosis has had the least attention.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - SHRINKING HAY LOSSES
Expanding beef production and looming increased calf numbers continue to pressure cattle prices lower, further and faster than many expected.
LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES THAT CAN REDUCE ANTIBIOTIC DEPENDENCE
The handwriting on the wall has become pretty clear. Justified or not, the use of antibiotics in managing the beef animal, at any stage of production, is becoming more challenging.
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU NEVER KNOW
The bull business is very competitive and purebred people play to win. Because there's a limited number of buyers, breeders spend a fortune on color ads and hire their own field men to exhort ranchers to come to their sale. I knew one breeder who passed out a hundred dollar bill for every bull a ranch manager bought, and once I even saw a bull breeder buy the county fair show steer that belonged to the granddaughter of a large rancher hoping it would pay off.
MAKE A GOOD INVESTMENT WHEN BUYING BULLS
Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important.
ADVANCEMENTS IN EPDS IMPROVE ACCURACY
It was about 40 years ago that the beef industry was introduced to the Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). In the early days, data were limited and based on comparisons with a few reference sires used in designed programs. There has been much progress in the methods used to calculate EPDs, and today most breed associations provide EPDs on all animals in the breed. After 40 years, there is still confusion over how to use these tools.
ANNUAL FOOD PLOTS PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
When planting wildlife food plots, which is better: annuals or perennials? Ideally, you should have different plots designated for both cool- and warm-season annuals, as well as perennials.
PLAN VACCINATION PROGRAM BEFORE BREEDING SEASON
Some diseases affect reproduction, in bulls as well as in cows. It's best to try to prevent these diseases by making sure the cows and bulls have adequate immunity before breeding season.
18TH HERDBUILDER REPLACEMENT FEMALE SALE AVERAGES $2,086
The 18th Annual Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale was held August 26th at Alabama Livestock Auction in Uniontown, Ala.
BREEDING SOUNDNESS EXAM CAN PREVENT FINANCIAL WRECK
The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
S.E. BRANGUS FIELD DAY HELD IN GEORGIA
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) was represented by five staff members at the Southeastern Brangus Field Day, on Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, in Grantville, Georgia.