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.
NUTRITION OF REPLACEMENTS KEY TO PRODUCTIVITY
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.
THE BRAHMAN F1 WORKS WELL FOR SOUTHERN PRODUCERS
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.
IT'S THE PITTS -- LITTLE CHUCK
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.
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND JUNIOR BRAHMAN SHOW
Don't miss the largest family event in the Brahman breed July 6-11, 2015, at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS CAN INCREASE HOOF ISSUES
It has only been recently that much of the cattleman's concerns focused on drought and widespread lack of moisture needed to grow pastures and forages. These conditions remain in many parts of the country. However, other areas including widespread parts of the southern US have enjoyed substantial if not excessive rainfalls over recent weeks and months. While this greatly improves forage growing conditions in these areas, a host of other problems develop with the high, sustained moisture levels.
GENETRUST AT CAVENDER'S NECHES RIVER RANCH SALE HELD APRIL 25
An enthusiastic crowd full of familiar faces, as well as breeders new to the Brangus breed, filled the sale pavilion at Cavender's Neches River Ranch to appraise a tremendously youthful offering of registered and commercial Brangus females.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- P.R. AND OTHER HORRORS
Anyone who knows G.W. understands that he would rather use a toothbrush to scrub the inside of a squeeze chutein subzero weatherthan have anyone entertain the possibility that he's not taking care of business.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- BEEF DEMAND HOLDS UP AGAINST INCREASING COMPETITION
Large year-over-year increases in U.S. chicken and pork production have been a theme across all meat and poultry markets, and rightly so. Those increases, compounded by lackluster exports, have dropped wholesale pork and chicken prices dramatically, say analysts with the Livestock marketing Information Center (LMIC), in the organization's recent Livestock Monitor.
NEVER TOO SOON TO PLAN FOR HAY AND PASTURE NEEDS
For many producers the last four or five years have been particularly challenging, especially when it came to providing for the forage needs of the cow herd.
IT'S THE PITTS -- NOW WHAT DO I DO?
I hope I never have to retire because, quite frankly, I'm not very good at it. My friends can't understand why I don't want to retire while I can't understand why they worked their entire lives doing something they can't wait to quit.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- ELEPHANT LESSONS
If you ever wondered how important it is for cattle producers to take seriously even the most preposterous allegations levied by activist groups, consider the long winding road involving circus elephants.
PRODUCERS MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER CREEP FEEDING
Creep feeding, like so many management practices, has been around for a long time. In the current cattle markets, with the value of calves at all-time highs, producing the extra pounds of beef can pay substantial dividends.
PRECONDITION FOR PERFORMANCE, QUALITY AND CASH
It's been talked about for 60 years. It's better for animals, preferred by most cattle feeders and could provide a 169 percent return on investment.
HIGH DEMAND FOR REPLACEMENTS AT ABBA NATIONAL F1 SALE
The 28th Annual American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) National F1 & Texas Brahman Association (TBA) Sale showed a high demand for F1 replacement females as averages for the sale were among top prices of any female replacement sale this year.
BLACK INK -- THE ROAD TO GREATNESS
Maybe you're just starting out in the cattle business, or maybe you've been in it for decades and thought you'd seen it all by now. Either way, this is an exciting time when you can be sure of great risk and, potentially, great rewards.
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by Nesikep (Posted Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:37:59 GMT)
Not as long as there's the black hide craze here
COOL, importing foreign beef & the producers response?
by Nesikep (Posted Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:34:39 GMT)
Good lord!!! FOUR visits per year??? for organic here it's only one, and that's pretty much a formality as any no-so-honest person can lie through their teeth about what goes on anyhow.
Anyone who comes and walks through the herd with me comments on how docile my cattle are... Stress free handling? Yep, as long as my dad doesn't get involved.
cow calf pairs
by Nesikep (Posted Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:29:53 GMT)
I'll second what pretty much everyone has been saying... What sort of cattle experience do you have? have you assisted many before so you know what you're doing? do you have a good squeeze and the tools you'll need? All these things are going to be the difference between the long list of potential disasters everyone has spoken about, and being able to side step them.
when we started out in 1992, we bought 12 bred heifers.. they were from an 'organic' ranch, so they must be good right?.. we were such greenhorns we must have been the laughing stock of the area. The first year we had one cow push the calf under a stack of irrigation pipes, so it suffocated, and then she subsequently prolapsed.. another calf broke a leg, Lost another calf at birth (also suffocated I think?), and to top it off, the last one looked like she was FAR overdue, probably an 800 lb heifer with a 110 lb bull calf.. we lost both of those... So for calving season losses out of 12 births we lost 5 animals, and the prolapse cow was culled.
Further on in the season we lost another 2 cows to atypical pneumonia... it was a rough year!
This year I bought a calf puller after I had the foresight to borrow one before I needed it.. the new bull isn't heifer friendly, and I had to pull 3 of 4 calves, and 2 of those NEEDED the puller, but all went well in the end... I'm batting 100% birth to weaning over the last 100,.. experience doesn't come cheap though
6 week calf not doing good
by suzorse (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:44:00 GMT)
milk needs to be 101 at feeding so real warm , to cold and it can give a belly ache as he can not digest cold replacer very well
Darwin Award nominee (posthumously of course)
by greybeard (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:42:39 GMT)
Definitely a Darwin Award nominee--posthumously of course. A mortar tube, with enough explosive charge inside to propel the 'pretty stuff' hundreds of feet into the air probably has the recoil of several 12 ga shotgun blasts.
On top of your skull...really?
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/ ... TY20150705
Maine man dies after trying to light firework on his head
A Maine man died during a Fourth of July celebration on Saturday night when he tried to launch a firework from the top of his head and it exploded, killing him instantly, police said Sunday.
Devon Staples, 22, of Calais, Maine, was drinking and celebrating the holiday in a friend's backyard when he placed the fireworks mortar tube on his head around 10 p.m., said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.
McCausland said it was unclear whether the firework was already lit, or whether Staples lit it once it was on his head.
He was killed instantly when it exploded, McCausland said.
The tube Staples was using was a reusable mortar shell but said McCausland said investigators did not know what type of firework he was attempting to shoot.
Maine has allowed the sale of fireworks since lawmakers repealed a 60-year-old ban on them in 2011.
Calais is in the eastern part of the state near the Canadian border.
Your favorite non Priefert, ForMost or Powder River squeeze?
by Runaway Deere (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:35:22 GMT)
We seem to pay for the shipping here to Cali. I could have got it in Washington for less... It would have cost me more then n the end...
lost heifer Texas
by suzorse (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:29:11 GMT)
he has been contacting any one he can as she jumped his fence in the night , and has put up flyers
I figured we may have members here in the area , as this is his first cow
Tracing Family History
by Bigfoot (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:18:49 GMT)
I did a little digging on the Internet, after this thread started. Not even sure why I did. I would have to say that I am very leary of the validity of my findings. Also, people moved around a lot more back in the day, than I would have ever given them credit for. It would take a ton of time, to ever "really" trace your ancestors. I tried to follow my last name through just the males on my fathers side. The birth, marriage, and census records are online for my county back to about 1809. I poured through that, and didn't fool around with the genealogy web sites. My grandfather was in his 50's when he had my dad. Evidently, his father was late 40's or early 50's when he had him. I wasn't back very many generations at all, when I had to tap out in the 1809 census, birth records. I don't see how in the world, somebody would be able to follow every branch of their family tree. If your counties records aren't on line, or your family has moved, seems like it would be nearly impossible.
I did find a history of my county on line. It was very interesting to read, and quit different from the history that our county historian tells. He's a pretty good friend of mine, and was one of my college professors. He lives eats, and breaths history. I obviously trust his account more than the one I found on the Internet. I'll be glad to run in to him, and see what he makes of it.
by BRYANT (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:05:39 GMT)
ALACOWMAN wrote:quote]. Maybe being around them and raising them for yesrs I picked up on tell tale signs.. Its not so much the extra hide its the attachment...
Thanks for the answer ALACOWMAN interesting theory don't know that I have any made just like that but I will start taking notice of it. We have had Brahman and Brahman crosses for many years but there is a lot I don't know and I am always willing to listen to what someone has to say then make my own judgment of it so Thanks
Hello from TN
by bassfishindoc (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:59:24 GMT)
Hello from TN. New to the board. I'm the son of TN Cattle Man here on the forums. Just bought a small farm adjacent to his. Cannot wait to spend more time raising cattle and learning from the forum.
What are you eating today?
by TN Cattle Man (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:59:23 GMT)
Jo... how was that cooked? Looks Great!
This makes me wish I was 30 yrs younger and in Waco!
by Jogeephus (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:34:58 GMT)
I'd do it in a heartbeat. I could just see myself coming off the ramp and doing a 2 1/2 and ending in the water in a perfect dive. Granted others would see a much different site when I did it and I'm sure I'd end up on my back but I'd still do it.
This guy can......
by Bigfoot (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:34:38 GMT)
I guess every generation since 1776 could say that this country is going backwards. I just can't believe how far down we've gone in the last few.
Starting Over (Corgi)
by dun (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:15:39 GMT)
Cardigan or Pembroke?
by Red Bull Breeder (Posted Sun, 05 Jul 2015 21:52:16 GMT)
Thank you CP.