The American consumer has demonstrated to us that the safety and quality
of the food which they eat is one of their top priorities. As beef producers,
it is our responsibility to insure that every animal which leaves our
operations has been managed and treated correctly. This will insure
that when the animal leaves the farm to go to the next link in the beef
production chain it will be a fault free product to put the finishing
touches on. If everyone does this, we are taking a huge step towards
securing an even brighter future for our industry.
One of the primary goals of Tennessee's
BQA program is to bring our BQA efforts to the same level of many
other states' BQA programs. Why should we care about other states? It's
pretty simple. The states that buy higher quality, source verified,
Tennessee feeder cattle with a sound health program will be assured
that these calves are ready to go. Many of the alliances and branded
beef product lines are also demanding these calves. In short, the most
progressive beef programs in the country are demanding high quality,
properly managed cattle with sound vaccination program. Cattle that
are source verified and their producers are BQA Certified will attract
buyers because they help insure a higher quality final product...BEEF.
IT'S THE PITTS -- HELP IS ON THE WAY
Computers and the Internet have turned many businesses upside down and in many cases, eliminated them entirely. In this technological movement for improvement farmers seem to be ahead of ranchers.
IS "ALL NATURAL" OR "ORGANIC" A PRODUCTION OPTION?
Beef, in general is a quality, healthy product that has enjoyed a place in the world's diet for thousands of years. The world is a changing place, however, and as most of us are well aware, consumer's attitudes toward food, in general are changing.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- SO LONG, HERD EXPANSION
Even though it seems barely out of its infancy, national herd expansion may be coming to an end.
OPTIMIZE RESOURCES FOR BACKGROUNDING PROGRAM
Some ranchers hold their calves over as yearlings, to sell later when they are bigger, and some people buy light calves in the spring to put on grass and grow them to a larger weight. Some put weaned calves into a confinement programa drylot situation where they are fed a growing rationuntil these calves are ready to go to a finishing facility. The term backgrounding covers a broad spectrum that could also include preconditioning after weaning.
CASTRATION LESS STRESSFUL AT A YOUNG AGE
There are several ways to castrate calves and bulls. Regardless of the method, it's generally less stressful for the animal at a young age. Daniel Thomson, Kansas State University (Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology) says that castration, dehorning, branding are necessary but painful for the animal.
BRUSH PILES PROVIDE HABITATS FOR VARIOUS WILDLIFE
Wildlife enthusiasts often ask how to attract more animals to their property, and the answer is more complicated than most people realize.
WEANING CALVES BEFORE AUCTION REDUCES STRESS
Spring-born calves will soon be arriving at auction markets, but producers should consider a weaning plan that will help keep calves healthier and happier, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton.
CALVING SIMULATOR OFFERS TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine are offering a unique training opportunity for cattlemen who want more information on how to assist cows and heifers having difficulty calving.
MAKE FERTILITY TOP PRIORITY IN REPLACEMENT FEMALES
It's no secret that replacement heifers are some of the most valuable animals in your herd; however, value goes hand in hand with vulnerability. With recent record-high costs to develop replacement females, it may be time to consider a refresh on your replacement heifer program.
BREEDING FOR QUALITY BEEF BEST ASSURANCE FOR TOP PRICES
Cow herd owners leery of the futures market or insurance for risk management can look to quality beef for protection.
SOUND NUTRITION REDUCES DEPENDENCE ON ANTIBIOTICS
In Part 1 of this series we began a discussion of the transition process taking calves from the cow/calf sector on to the next stage of production. The initial destination may be one of several including a grazing stage, preconditioning operation, feedyard or some variation of these. In any case, the transition stage with the handling, transportation, lack of feed and water, comingling with other animals and the associated exposure to pathogens to which the calf has no immunity, all work together to create an extremely challenging situation. This commonly results in sickness in the calf, from which it may or may not fully recover. Worst-case it can result in the complete loss of the animal. All of these scenarios result in significant economic loss to the owner at whatever stage it occurs.
IT'S THE PITTS -- IN DE FENCE
I've got the scars to prove that I've spent a good chunk of my life fixing and installing fence. Those fences could be sorted one of two ways: they were either defensive or offensive fences.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- PURSED AND PINCHED
Aunt Pinky's Irish disposition was easily ruffled, but she was harder to scare than a slab of granite. That's why Hooter was extra shaken when his aunt grabbed his arm with one hand, scratched for the door handle with the other, and commanded him to stop, all at the same time.
INFORMATION IS KING WHEN MARKETING CALVES
Calving season discussion is often a heated debate among beef producers. Should I calve in the spring or the fall? Do I need to pull my bull? Is it better to be committed to selling calves at a certain time of year or should I have calves available year round? These are common questions beef producers often ask themselves, their neighbors, and the experts when trying to make management decisions. There are two key points that need to be considered when making calving season (or lack thereof decisions: management and marketing.
BLACK INK -- RETROSPECTIVE
A lot can change in 10 years. A quick glance at my family Christmas card provides proof. From a picture of an old Kansas farmhouse to today's Nebraska-based scene, where nearly half a dozen smiling faces fill the frame, transformation is obvious.
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by skyhightree1 (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:22:54 GMT+5)
First real cattle related injury Been layed up in the house a few days cant drive for a week had my bull step on my foot of course he couldn't have stayed on the steel toe portion. Bruised tendons and soft tissue foot swollen and crap.. I have ordered a pile of crap off ebay
by slick4591 (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:17:50 GMT+5)
Rusty Faucet wrote:Very few of them around...just better choices for most cattle programs.
With my small farm I'm not trying to raise run-of-the-mill commercial animals as they don't pay the bills, so something like these might be right in my wheelhouse.
How is the ag economy in your area
by Ojp6 (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:55:10 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:A backgrounder I know from west KY just sold 2 loads at a barn I go to. The 555 lb load brought 122.75 lost 40 dollars a head plus 15 dollars a head commission. The 680 lb load brought 115.50 and he said they lost just about twice as much as the first load. They said they were done feeding calves until they could contract a $75 a head profit.
One of the guys we buy big steers and heifers for who feeds a couple thousand head told us last week that if he kept losing 20,000 a week he was gonna retire before he went broke.
All that tells me is that he made a killing off of our calves. Someone only dealing in a couple thousand head that can afford to lose $20k a week is crooked. I can't afford to lose $20k in the cow business ever.[/quote]
That's the thing about feeding cattle. When things are good they make a bunch of money and when they are bad they lose a bunch. He had thousands of cattle make over 300 dollars a head while the price was going up because he owns the cattle for 5 or 6 months and for a couple years through August of 2015 the rising prices allowed him make what I would assume would be couple million dollars on cattle. If you retained ownership you could have made all that money yourself. Because of this money he made he is able to lose some money without going broke. It's not that hard to understand. Everybody made a lot of money feeding cattle when prices were up 5 dollars every week.
My grandpa fed 3,000-7,000 head for the last 35 or 40 years prior to 2016 when he got dementia. There were years in which he made a few million on cattle. He was as straight up and honest of a guy as you will ever find in your life. Don't have to do anything crooked to make a lot of money in the cattle business. It was about buying the right kind of cattle, keeping the cattle alive, finding deals on feed, and marketing his cattle in ways that others had not thought of that allowed him to make his money.
Mineral blocks or loose minerals?
by Manunitedtopgear (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:52:24 GMT+5)
Will Nutrena beef cattle mineral work for dairy cows. It has calcium, phosphorus,salt, magnesium,copper,selenium,zinc,vitamin a,vitamin d3, and vitamin e. Will this work for my holstein heifers?
Angus Bull - Thoughts
by Post Oak (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:49:45 GMT+5)
Some of the best Bulls that I ever had were grade bulls out of herds of my friends or family. The momma's were straight bred and the sires were registered. I'm not advocating that , but at that time it was all I could afford.
Heifer not doing well post rumenotomy
by wbvs58 (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:48:01 GMT+5)
I think I'd just turn her out and see if she survives on her own devices. I have been surprised on occaisions how they have come good without the interference. I would keep a close eye on her and shoot her if she is obviously not coping. She would not be worth anything at the moment, you have already done your dough on her, I would not throw more money at her.
by boondocks (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:31:54 GMT+5)
Interesting background, everyone. I like the "jar in a barn" idea.I'll put in an extra dime in case they want interest.
Pay no attention to this post
by cowboy43 (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:28:29 GMT+5)
How many of you have foot and mouth disease , where you engage your mouth before you engage your brain? Seems to be one of ailments .
I met a true outlaw yesterday
by Craig Miller (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:26:32 GMT+5)
lavacarancher wrote:Craig Miller wrote:lavacarancher wrote:
Respectfully disagree. This is called greed! He's already charged for his time ($70 service call fee) and his price per hour shouldn't be more than about $100/hour to replace the components.
Where in the response did you read that I advocated government control of ANYTHING. I don't give a f--- what he charges! I simply said he was greedy and that greed was the motivation for what appears to be an overcharge. What I AM suggesting is that if you think something is over priced DON'T BUY IT. Nobody is forcing anyone to pay more than what they think is fair. Kinda like all the negative comments on Walmart a few months ago. If you don't like Walmart, go someplace else to shop. If you don't like what someone charges for their services go some place else. If you find the same service for half the price then my greed comment is valid. Jeez Louise.
This was sooooo last week
How to be a rancher ( language )
by Craig Miller (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:13:49 GMT+5)
Never seen one of those fancy wire gate latches before.
We are the minority
by lavacarancher (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:57:23 GMT+5)
[quote="City Guy"]D2Cat, A combine IS a combination of two machines; A mower and a thrashing machine, that's how it got the name!
Any of you ever think about asking a school group out to your place for an informal education?
Do it every year. Had a few adults out three weeks ago when we were working cattle. They got really upset when we cut horns and nuts. Don't think they'll be back but might get a call from PETA.
by TexasBred (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:41:36 GMT+5)
hurleyjd wrote:There is one statement that irks me by some people trying to console someone that has lost a loved one. And it is " He or She is in a better place now" I want to say how do you know that for sure they had it pretty good here.
Or leaning over and saying "I know just how you feel". No dam way !!!
by Cross-7 (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:40:51 GMT+5)
With a 12ga and #4's some of the pieces float but most sink
Calf dies in 12 hours
by dun (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:36:37 GMT+5)
I do believe it's time to have a competent vet check things out.
Can I get a Roll Tide!!!!!!!!
by TexasBred (Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:34:34 GMT+5)
Rafter S wrote:HDRider wrote:I am glad to hear one can make a mixed family work in these days and times.
Texas "X"'s send them a donation and membership card years ago and Jeff sent it back with nine cents taped to it....said he always said he'd never give them a dime.