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by JSCATTLE (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 19:53:14 GMT+5)
Just heard the be nice on Lake Amanda broke in colmesniel..
Keeping current Knowledge on cattle prices
by cowboy43 (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 19:49:05 GMT+5)
How do yo keep up with current cattle prices?
The best way I have found is: numerous local cattle auctions (within 200 miles ) on their webpage will print their weekly sales report , giving weight , class and price.
I also check Cattle Range ( which has some good cattle) but the cattle seem to be priced 200 to 500 dollars above what the market price is. Seems to be a lot of traders who group like cattle of good quality. But when the cattle are sold back at the local auction you will only get market value which will take longer for the cow to be paid off, maybe one or two calves to make up the difference in price.
by M-5 (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 19:48:55 GMT+5)
Plant them right after you eat the peach not real deep just cover good and where they will receive plenty of moisture. I get alot of volunteers under my trees . I have a fish cleaning sink near that the water drains over to the trees.
The joy of bulls
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 19:28:51 GMT+5)
I'd either put them all together or as far apart as possible. Fighting over the fence never ends well.
by tdc_cattle (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 19:21:41 GMT+5)
Decided against the NH 688 that I was looking at. Can anyone tell me what NH model a Case RB564 crosses over to?
What are you willing to PAY ??
by M-5 (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 19:16:04 GMT+5)
Farm credit called me today and told me to bring her a contract for the land. 1 step closer to getting the deal done.
Need Help - Cow possibly sick after calfing. (with pictures)
by Koffi Babone (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 19:06:51 GMT+5)
Apologies for the novel....
1) Concerning injecting 50 cc in one spot, it depends how it was injected.
If it was subcutaneous (under the skin), the absorption-release is slower and this will increase the withdrawal period. If I recall correctly, long acting tetracycline is not labelled for milking dairy cows (most probably because they have not done studies to determine the withdrawal times).
If it was injected in the muscle, it will be painful to the patient. When you get a shot from the doctor, the pain you experience ("after the shot muscle soreness") is from the contents compressing the surrounding tissue and the injected volume is only a few cc's, imagine if you had 20, 40 or 50 cc's in one spot. This is one of the reasons why injected volumes should not be more than 10 or 15 cc's and spread out.... Those who have treated horses can probably attest to this. You usually have no trouble the first or second time injecting 10 cc's in the muscle, but by the 3rd time it becomes more challenging...
2) Concerning your "Electrolytes plus" treatment. I am not familiar with that particular product, so I don't know how effective it would be in treating ketosis. This being said, Electrolyte plus does contain sugar (50% dextrose according to the info provided) so on paper it should work, but I have not heard of this being used for ketosis treatment.
Ketosis is a disease where the animal uses its fat reserves to draw energy instead of using a "sugar source". As the fat is broken down, one of the by-products is ketone bodies.
The goal of treating ketosis is to get the body to start using glucose as the energy source again. The easiest and most effective way is by injecting "sugar" into the vein (50% dextrose, available in 500 ml bottles).
As mentionned before, do not attempt this treatment if you have never tried it before. 50% dextrose is hyperosmotic (highly concentrated compared to your tissue) and if you miss the vein and it ends up in the surrounding tissue, it will create damage plus it is very painful.
Using Glycol-P is the goldstandard for oral treatment, however this stuff tastes horrible and cows usually don't cooperate when you try to force "drink" this stuff. Ketamalt is sugar based and is another treatment option. The advantage of this product is that cows will readily drink it and you will have no trouble administering it. However, in Canada, Ketamalt is about two or three times the price of Glycol-P, I imagine it is the same in other parts of the world.
3) On a side note, you never did post the temperature the second time...
When taking the temperature, make sure the thermometer tip (the part the records the temp) is against the rectal wall (touching the side of the rectum by giving the thermometer an angle) and not straight in the middle. If it is straight level, you will be recording the temp of the manure, which is not the info we are looking for.
The purpose of temp taking is to figure out if the immune system (defense system) has kicked in and the cow is fighting an infection. If it is high (fever) meaning above 103 F or 39.5 C, the cow is fighting something and administration of systemic antibiotic is usually justified. If the temp is normal it usually means the animal is not fighting an infection (in a similar fashion, a doctor should not be prescribing antibiotics to you if you have no fever) and you are wasting money (IMO).
Good luck and keep us posted.
by TennesseeTuxedo (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 19:03:57 GMT+5)
Agreed and The Cowboys should be on the list.
by Commercialfarmer (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 18:49:19 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:Sounds almost as strange as this one that was going around a few years ago. Was false but still funny as he//.
A woman sitting in a car is convinced she's been shot when a loud bang is immediately followed by an impact to her head, producing a sticky mass on her cranium. The 'brains' she tries to hold in turn out to be biscuit dough from an exploded can.
Yeah, kinda hard to believe, but then again, after dealing with the public... I can just about believe anything now.
Is the middle class gone and am I poor?
by john250 (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 18:27:06 GMT+5)
A TV in a refrigerator? Seriously? How much beer will it hold?
by TexasBred (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 18:22:17 GMT+5)
RiverHills wrote:Thanks TB what do you think of these minerals?
All specialty minerals it appears. #1 has much more CTC as well as the IGR and is well fortified. #2 says it's a mixing mineral. I usually take this to mean it's added to feed. Only claim it makes is the high CTC levels for anaplasmosis #3 looks like a cheap mineral with a lot of calcium and salt and very few micro minerals or vitamins. Shouldn't cost over $18 a bag most. (Label was hard to read so I may have misread some of them).
jersy, how to dry up
by TexasBred (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 18:14:43 GMT+5)
I've never gone so far as to remove water from a cow I was drying up. Normally simply removing all supplement and allowing her access to only lower quality hay will do the job well and fairly quickly.
by jcarkie (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 17:54:23 GMT+5)
We added an 18 month old bull to use on heifers and the breeder ended up selling us 2 bulls. I really didn't think we needed the second one but I liked him alot, first week out one 2 year old bull broke his rear leg now I am glad we had the other. We still have 2 yearlings in the bull pen for next go around.
We preg ckd fall cows 2 open out of 70 not bad.
by slick4591 (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 17:53:32 GMT+5)
We have had rain but not in the amounts as some. The best thing about that is we don't have to send a bunch of it downstream in the Trinity.
by Brute 23 (Posted Fri, 27 May 2016 17:27:58 GMT+5)
Cross-7 wrote:Brute 23 wrote:Over head is usually always cheaper than under ground with the stuff we do.
You might be able to get some one other than the power company to run you over head lines to the cabin. Then you wouldn't have to give them a right away either.
I guess it ain't going to be cheap no matter what
Not when it comes to electricity. They know how bad you need it.
SPRING WEATHER CONDITIONS CREATE A CHALLENGE FOR FORAGES
A cool, wet spring delayed growth of several summer grasses, but not the weeds that compete for space in fields and pastures across Mississippi.
IT'S THE PITTS -- UNIDENTIFIED FRUITY OBJECT
Besides being a great-granddaughter of the former President, Laura Eisenhower is a professional clairvoyant and spiritual healer who reads Tarot cards and gives astrology readings for a living. In an interview with Fox News Laura said that vegetarians are more apt to see UFO's than meat-eaters because, "we are multidimensional beings and based on our frequency, perceptions and our vibratory levels that we are functioning from, we are going to see things differently."
PRODUCERS SHOULD EVALUATE VALUE OF CREEP FEEDING
n the last issue we started a discussion concerning creep feeding and an ongoing evaluation of the value of this practice in cow-calf production. The main question the producer has to ask is if I decide to creep feed my calves will this result in higher weaning weights and will it be profitable?
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- WINDSHIELD ECONOMICS
Hooter was riding shotgun with Peetie Womack on the way back home from a feedlot where Peetie was checking on some of his cattle.
GENETRUST AT SUHN CATTLE COMPANY BULLS AVERAGE $5,863
Blue skies, blustery winds and Brangus bulls welcomed customers and friends of GENETRUST to the Flint Hills in Eureka, Kansas, on March 22, 2016 for the 24th annual installment of the event hosted by the Suhn family, in what has become one of the premier Brangus events of the year.
BLACK INK -- BEYOND THE BURNING HAIR
Our electric branding iron hangs high on a barn wall, bought on impulse 35 years ago but not used in 30. We freeze brand our replacement heifers though.
IT'S THE PITTS -- MOTHER NATURE, FATHER TIME
Women are nature, men are time. Women are beautiful like a Maui sunset or a forest of pine wearing a fresh blanket of snow, while men are as timeless as Shakespeare, Michelangelo and Da Vinci.
GRASS-FED BEEF CONFERENCE TO BE HELD MAY 26-27, 2016
With consumer interest heightening about where their food comes from, grass-fed beef producers will have the opportunity to learn more about marketing opportunities and production trends during a May 26-27 conference in College Station.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT - DECLINING PRICES MAGNIFY COST FOCUS
Expenses won't come down as fast as commodity prices, says Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Cow-calf expenses won't come down as fast as cow-calf prices. 2016 will have lower calf prices but not to the extent it will affect these higher expenses. During 2017, expenses still will not be coming down, where calf prices will be in their second year of decline. That's what concerns me.
CONSIDER PROS AND CONS BEFORE CREEP FEEDING
Creep feeding of calves while still on the cow has been a management tool used for years by the cow-calf producer. The value and profitability of this practice has been long debated as well. So when producers ask if it is something worth considering, I give them the stock nutritionist's answer: well, it depends.
LITTLE W CHAROLAIS HOLDS PRODUCTION SALE
Little W Charolais held their 6th annual production sale on March 26, 2016 at the farm in Lebanon, Tenn.
EGYPTIAN VET STUDIES AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
New research techniques learned at Mississippi State University through a scholar exchange program will help a cattle veterinarian from Egypt as she pursues a doctoral education in food safety.
DEER ANTLERS MAY HOLD HEALTH SECRETS
Each spring the woods are littered with antlers as deer shed their old racks to make way for new sets, and these sheds may reveal hidden health problems in the bucks that drop them.
CLEMSON EXTENSION OFFERS CATTLEMEN'S BOOT CAMP
Gaven and April Hammett want to expand their cattle operation and are looking to Clemson University for the information they need.
EARLY SPRING CAN BE A CHALLENGING NUTRITIONAL TIME FOR SPRING CALVING
Late winter and early spring is the most challenging time of the year for the nutrition of the spring-calving beef cows.