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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.


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The Southeast Angus Classic Female Sale was held May 16, 2015 in Opelika, Ala.
Town Creek Farm (TCF) and owner, Milton Sundbeck, West Point, Miss., will host cattlemen from across the region during the 2015 Fall Brangus Conference and Southeast Brangus Breeders Association Field Day, August 20-22.
Auburn, Ala. -- Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences announces the 2015 Beef Cattle Conference for Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Auburn University Ham Wilson Livestock Arena and campus facilities.
The first public offering of new, genetically improved and performance-based Santa Gertrudis NuGen cattle were auctioned in at the NuGen Foundation Sale and Celebration in Ringgold, Ga., in mid-April.
Stress is continually imposed upon production animals to provide more meat and milk products. To maximize yield, it is imperative to keep animals as comfortable as possible and maintain feed intake for conversion into meat and milk.
There are a large number of sports and projects for youth and adults alike to focus their attention toward. Whichever activities people choose, it is eventually understood that there are some proven methods for success.
As unsettling as it might be to suggest or consider, by some projections, the next two decades could be the most profitable the U.S. cattle business has ever seen.
I could never be a purebred breeder because I couldn't get all the paper work done, especially naming the animals. It's hard enough coming up with titles to my weekly columns but to have to name 500 or 1,000 cattle every year would drive me even more crazy.
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 700,000 beef cattle operations in the United States. Of these there are tens of thousands of purebred or seed stock operations.
The Third Annual ABBA Spring Select Sale was the best to date with more participation by both consignors and buyers as well as a $1,150 higher average as compared to last year.
A T-bone or a sirloin is a summer suppertime staple at our house. After working all day, I can easily pair a steak with a quick potato option, garden veggies and biscuits or popovers and have the meal on the table in less than half an hour. And it's consistently good, a meal we look forward to.
The replacement heifer is the foundation of a productive cowherd, and it is important to give her the best chance at having a long and productive life in the herd.
Across the United States, the makeup of commercial cow herds varies to fit various environments. In the South, increased heat and humidity require cattle that are able to perform in these conditions.
Chipoltle wants their pork to come from free-rooting hogs who eat non GMO rations and sleep in deeply bedded barns and Panera Bread came out with a No-No list of things they want no part of, including artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors.
Don't miss the largest family event in the Brahman breed July 6-11, 2015, at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark.

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I don't think it was too bad
by Named'em Tamed'em (Posted Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:49:43 GMT)
Dealer profit would probably show up on the other side of ticket as "commission " or sellers fee at Chehalis.

Dave would know better .

Bad Mastitis
by regolith (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:58:57 GMT)
Are you not milking the bad quarters out every day? It would really help her chances of recovery if you were.

Best case scenario is she clears up now, is light on the two quarters for the rest of this lactation and comes back into milk as normal next year. Give it a few more days, but if she's not showing improvement now it's not unlikely you may permanently lose the two quarters. In which case she's better gone when she weans the calf (and is out of withholding time).

Cows that have had mastitis before are more likely to get it again, I find. That's a law of averages and says nothing about an individual cow; I still have plenty of cows that get it once and either never get it again, or the second time is four years later.

Cow Size
by js1234 (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:52:40 GMT)
HDRider wrote:james coffelt wrote:Fenceman:

True Grit

Last winter we got thru with no hay.
I have a stockpile if needed, 2 winters ago we fed hay 6 days, as we had ice.
Purchased hay has roughly $70 of fertilizer value per ton, and I can buy 2 year old hay for less.
The less equipment the better. We spend a day a week keeping 4 wheelers and Rangers running.
My plane caught fire in Philly.....
sounds like a bad day.

Have you seen this cross? Limousin/Charolais
by js1234 (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:44:55 GMT)
i have very good friends that run a lot of longhorns in West Texas. they breed them to Charolais bulls and feed the calves themselves with very nice results in the yard. i saw several hundred of the yearlings from last years calf crop on feed and was very impressed.

mama cow won't accept one of the 3 babies
by Son of Butch (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:36:59 GMT)
melissavanness8 wrote:The dairy we got her from said she always handled 4-5 at a time and was giving 10 gallons of milk a day.
Puffing to sell the cow.
86 lbs per day is a heck of a good Jersey cow. So why were they putting calves on her and not in the bulk tank?
Plus you are not feeding her a hot dairy ration to push her to 86 lbs.
Wake up and smell the coffee....they sold you a racist cow!
Be happy that she luvs the other two
As they get older you could turn them all out together, as long as the holstein has an escape route he'll learn to be a milk thief.
But he will do much better if you get him on a good calf starter rather than stealing milk from a wicked old step mom.
Name him CinderFella and maybe one day he will grow up to live happily ever after.

Best of craigslist hay
by BWfarms (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:28:49 GMT)
greybeard wrote:The first time I heard someone talk about "horse hay", I thought they were calling Jorge in Spanish.

me too. I custom hay and a Lady asked if I had horse hay. I said,"I've never seen horse hay, but I do have grass hay." I truly couldn't understand "horse hay" and it never made any sense to me that "cow hay" is inferior. I feed my cattle nothing but the best hay and sell the rest

I saw a Raleigh, NC craigslist ad last year selling 'New York Hay' horse quality for $85 a 4x4 round bale and $8-12 per small square depending on number bought. It was the greenest barn burning hay you could imagine. It was like it was baled the day after cutting. Just plain old fescue grass mix hay.

Things that make you go 'huh'
by branguscowgirl (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:10:55 GMT)
Yes Chippie, the classroom is great!
It is so sad the way kids/parents rely on electronics for entertainment when there is so much they are missing all around them.
I have to say that I am very proud of my daughter, (who is even a single parent) for keeping her two active in everything that she can. Church, sports, hiking and exploring everything.

Sioux Steel Hay Max Feeders
by BWfarms (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:06:29 GMT)
I'm always implementing new ideas and although it's August, I'm already thinking ahead to purchasing new hay feeders. I like the Sioux Steel Hay Max feeder systems with the suspended bales using tubing instead of chains. Not sure if I like the bracing method at the bottom of the round version. I want opinions and prices from owners that have these round or square systems. Also any reviews on comparable suspended hay feeders. These will be used in small feed yards so not interested in the wagons for this set up.

What I'm specifically looking for is; Price you paid? Durability? Stability?

Hoop Barn lighting question
by mncowboy (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:58:39 GMT)
Looking to see what folks use for lighting in their hoop barns (clear span, cover all, pro-tec) and how they go about attaching them.
Thanks in advance

Question regarding weaning calves with nose flap
by Bryan L (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:39:38 GMT)
Hi folks,

I'm considering using the nose flaps to wean my calves. I have the applegate 650 lb creep feeders and I want to make sure the calves can still get to the feed?? Does anyone have experience using the two together?

Thanks in advance!


Just because....
by Williamsv (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:36:16 GMT)
Very good. Beautiful but sad. Thanks for sharing.

UPS/Cashier's check question
by stocky (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:33:55 GMT)
Thanks for your helpful replies, everyone. About 2 months ago, the UPS said they have declared it officially lost, paid my friend back his 39 dollars overnight shipping fee and said they have no more liability and to them it is a closed case. They said the last place it was tracked to was Louisville, Ky and it is lost there. Friday, the bank said the check still has not been cashed, so no one has stolen it and cashed it. The bank refused to loan my friend 500 dollars for some expenses while he is waiting on his 7,000 dollars. August 7 will be the 91st day and that is when he will be eligible to fill out the forms for his money. They told him they will be giving him a check for the 7,000 when it is time to pay him. He told them he gave them seventy 100 dollar bills and he will take nothing less than the cash he gave them, no more checks from them. So, they are already in another argument. The whole thing has been a shame and a disaster and he and his son lost the good logging contract in Oregon where his son lives. Thanks again for the thoughts and suggestions. I will update if there is more drama in receiving his money.

3/4 vs 1 ton
by littletom (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:27:27 GMT)
That also depends I like along bed when towing. My everyday work truck is a cab and half 7.3 ford. In the bed is a 60 gallon fuel tank with small tool box, that goes all the way to fenders. Then a gas powered air compresser with the random tools not much room left. I think for just a general farm truck not hauling to big of loads and doing everything, a straight cab long bed 3/4 ton diesel would fit the bill nicely.

Hereford Calf Eye Discharge
by BK9954 (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:27:16 GMT)
I have several hereford heifers and cows but have never had a young calf until now. This girl has a lot of eye discharge. More than I have ever seen. I dont think its pink eye but anyone have a clue what it could be from? Here are the pics.

Man with the sure Hand
by D2Cat (Posted Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:18:24 GMT)
Nice job, but a lot of work. If a portable welder was available you could weld the post as you want them, set the post in concrete, then use a rod to burn the holes for the hinge pins.

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