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.
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.
BLACK INK -- INDICATOR COWS
When you have just enough cows to name them all, it's easy to characterize them by appearance, temperament and some might even say personality. Kids like to find names to fit. Twister was one of ours 20 years ago, an outlier for poor docility that left no daughters in the herd.
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by HDRider (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:11:12 GMT+5)
Lazy M wrote:Black paint is almost 1/2 the price of white paint
I was always told barns are red because red was the cheapest.
Who can guess what did this
by farmerjan (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:03:24 GMT+5)
Can't imagine no rocks. I'm in Rockbridge county, in Va. Natural Bridge is what we are named for, but there are more rocks than you can "throw a stick at" haha. Ledges, big rock outcroppings, you name it. Bushhogging- what I assume you call shredding, can be a real trial. My son sets it real high, puts the spacers on the cylinder and gets really mad if I drop it any even though I think it should be down a little more. I won't do the real rocky places, tell him that I am not gonna get blamed for tearing the equipment up.
Saw this on facebook
by Margonme (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:38:33 GMT+5)
TCRanch wrote:Well said and I absolutely agree. That said, I'm guilty of perpetuating the "magical experience", primarily to negate the assumption that cattle are treated inhumanely. Last week Tupelo Honey Cafe visited the ranch and took videos & pictures of our herd (and me) to promote Farm-to-Table on their website/blog/marketing. I did discuss the hardships & heartache with the Director of Purchasing but they obviously prefer to promote the warm, fuzzy feeling to their customers. Pretty sure only the footage of them hand-feeding the cows & calves made the cut.
Advertising promotes the positive so they were on the right tact to show the warm fuzzy side.
Candidly, there is a negative side to animal husbandry. Some producers should be put in a hog pen for a year. The vast majority care about their animals and make every reasonable effort to meet their needs.
Second Upgrade of the Season
by Margonme (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:25:50 GMT+5)
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:Good thing your cattle are built for large calves.
My cattle handle calves up to 100 pounds. On a couple, they went over 100.
I could have smaller calves. I used Composure Semen. All 3 calves were in the 70s. But they are dinks and stay dinks.
Firesweep knew Upgrade may throw a big calf. I used Upgrade on two that could handle big calves. Thankfully, they were under 100.
My average here is 88 pound calves. Hopefully, the next 5 are in that range.
What does your wife drive?
by HDRider (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:18:00 GMT+5)
1982vett wrote:HDRider wrote:1982vett wrote:2010 Genesis Coup....
No new Vette?
Haha....nah, she had it before we met. It's her fun car. Her son and I went truck shopping the other day. She told us to have fun......sent her a picture of the Cobra setting on the showroom floor. She said "not that much fun."
I think I got the sports car phase out of me when I was young. '69 Mach 1 in high school. New '79 TransAm when I was 21, and the '82 Corovett when I was 27. What is sad....sticker on the Cobra was several thousand less than the F250 I glanced at. Dam ridiculous!
I had a '70 cobalt blue Mach 1 in HS.
Cost of trucks now is crazy....
Best way to start small cattle operation
by bbirder (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:15:38 GMT+5)
dun wrote:Ol' 243 wrote:Best way to start a small cattle operation is to have a lot of money and don't mind losing it.
Where is that thumbs up button?
Steer w really bad pinkeye
by Muddy (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:08:12 GMT+5)
Sounds like it's too late to save that eye.
by angus9259 (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:31:51 GMT+5)
TexasBred wrote:regolith wrote:magnesium does that, don't know about other minerals.
Doesn't seem to hurt a thing. They scour for a day or two, you'd think they wouldn't do it again but I leased a bull one time that got his nose in the mineral drench and gobbled it up at least twice.
Poop literally turns to water after overdosing on magnesium.
True and some still actually use magnesium sulfate (aka epsom salt).
All kinda coming together with the Mg suggestion. Vet just recommended an epsom salt and mineral oil tubing for a bull that got in the pigweed and had a terrible upset belly. Went from being plugged up solid to flowing like a river. Goal was to purge the pigweed and it certainly did that.
by BRYANT (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:10:38 GMT+5)
I band in the first couple days but sometimes i miss some calves if they are born in a pasture I have that is almost 50 miles from home. The ones I miss I will band when they are bigger but I cut a small slit, and they will dry up faster and fall off much faster. I seen a man band 80 head that was 800 lb. stock they looked bad a smelled like a bunch of walking dead bulls they had a bunch of black slim-rotting meat hanging from them. I myself would not let that happen.
It's sure not like the old days.
by slick4591 (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:08:35 GMT+5)
LA Police Union: Police Commission Wants Cops To Run From Armed Suspects
Which hay mix is best ?
by Ky cowboy (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:08:09 GMT+5)
We sell to both horse and cattle people. Timothy and orchard grass works well for us. Weather permitting we will square bale some and sell to horse owners
Pig weed problem
by dun (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:01:06 GMT+5)
angus9259 wrote:interesting. I have patch in one pasture where I winter the cows. I was going to winter in another area this year to "allow" some grass to grow back there, but maybe it never will??? Should I just keep wintering there and realize it's lost forever???
If you just leave it alone it will just keep spreading
Heifer Aborted Calf
by TCRanch (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:54:22 GMT+5)
Had one abort yesterday, 3 months bred. Was supposed to sell her as bred (along with 5 others) private treaty so I'll probably have to replace her with one I was going to keep unless he's okay with one less. Dangit!
by Ky cowboy (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:53:48 GMT+5)
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:Do you have a budget in mind?
Im kinda of scared to say. I might be way out of my league on these bulls but it's not goingto cost anything to watch and try to bid. There's been several sales I haven't gone to only to find out some of not most sold in my price range. I'll be at work that day so I need something to pass the time
China to drop longstanding ban on US beef imports
by HDRider (Posted Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:50:21 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:China is #3 in the world on cattle with over 10M head. The US is #4 with 92M. Canada is #11 with 12M.
That don't make sense to me.
3. China->10m head
4. US-92 m head
11. Canada-12m head
Typo should be 100M. I could not edit it.