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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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After two years of historic high cattle prices, a record 1,900 producers attending the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station learned more about the current decline in prices and maintaining profitability despite declining profit margins.
“It is almost certain that finished cattle have put in their summer lows as prices have found support,” explained Andrew P. Griffith, agricultural economist at the University of Tennessee.
If you want to catch a glimpse of a real cowboy here are ten places NOT to look.
A sound marketing program is an integral part of any cattle production operation. Too many producers engage in cattle production without ever establishing a well thought out marketing and sales system.
Jerry Etheredge, Montgomery, Ala., was elected president of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). In this role, Etheredge will complete a two-year term leading the nation's largest livestock marketing trade association that represents more than 800 local livestock auction markets and allied businesses.
If you have sold a calf recently, I don't have to tell you that calf prices have dropped significantly from 2015. Last year, you could sell about anything and get good money for it; but now, you have to have a good calf to bring the best price. In the right market, preconditioned calves still bring the most money, and there is a good return on healthy calves. Besides a health premium, farmers also sell a heavier calf.
“The prosperity of this entire industry lies with the consumer.” Ag economist Ted Schroeder made that statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation meetings in Manhattan, Kan., June 15-17, but it summed up the theme of the opening session.
Andy White, Ashland, Ohio, proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 53rd anniversary of Livestock Marketing Association's (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). Paris Stockyards in Paris, Ky. hosted the contest on Saturday, June 18.
As we approach the heat of the summer months, many producers are battling the heat and humidity that is an integral part of life in the south. Summer brings with it rising temperatures and typically decreasing animal performance.
Green grass, blue skies and good cattle greeted buyers and bidders alike at the beautiful Neches River Ranch west of Jacksonville, Texas on April 23, 2016 for the annual spring GENETRUST Registered and Commercial Brangus Female Sale hosted by Cavender Ranches.
In the May 30 edition of the Auction Exchange there was an ad celebrating the Midwest Auctioneer Roundup contest in Shipshewana, Indiana. There were pictures of the winners, contestants and one precious little three or four year old girl with her hands covering her ears.
Maintenance and development of a quality purebred cow herd requires selection of proper genetics and an ongoing input of new breeding females. One of the most important questions the producer must ask is: “do I buy my replacements or do I develop them from within my own herd?”
At the risk of sounding like the proverbial busted record, while revenue matters to the fortunes of cow-calf operations, cost matters more.
The Crimson Classic Santa Gertrudis Sale was held April 30, 2016 in Cullman, Ala.
At the December 17, 2015 meeting the Brahman Foundation Board agreed to distribute funds to expand opportunities for Brahman youth. In an effort to support youth programs and developing leaders in agriculture, the group allocated $30,000 for use in scholarships, educational opportunities, showmanship and more for the year 2016.

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by john250 (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:51:38 GMT+5)
You should move to Branson.

fence line dispute
by skyhightree1 (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:50:40 GMT+5)
NECowboy wrote:TexasBred wrote:NECowboy wrote:
Sky it may not be clear. Title company is just one person an abstracter who does the search it may not be in the title records but has nothing to do with adverse possession (someone open notorious hostile under claim of right etc for at least 10 years in Nebraska not sure about other places.) Since that was probably something previous owner knew about or should have known (they make prior owner sign title insurance affidavit swearing there's nothing like that to cover their butts and not cover adverse possession claims) I don't think brand can just rely on the title company's representations, needs to tt okla atty about law and figuring out situation.
Unless times have changed since I was in the business, an attorney does examine and sign off on the title policy when it is ready to be issued. He is then guaranteeing that there are no clouds on the title that have not been remedied.

How is attorney 200 miles away in corporate office park in the big city going to be aware of squatter that title abstracter not aware of cuz nothing on deed records. Abstracter does not visit property. There is such a thing as adverse possession and that would then be outside of the province of the title company.

This is what op wrote

Postby BrandX Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:03 pm

We just closed on a 110 acres in eastern Oklahoma last Monday. I went out sat to start clearing fence line and got to talking with one of the neighbors. he owns 2.5 acres next to us. He was saying that he actually also owns 2.5 acres of the land we just bought. I was very polite and told him that we can get to the bottom of our confusion, and I would wait to fence that area till last. That should give me time to figure out what is going on. we have a survey, and had title work done so all of that should have reviled anything hinkey about a border dispute.

NE cowboy don't know about your state but adverse possession is not on someones words its them putting up a fence for instance that could be seen by the owners and them not doing anything about it for a certain amount of time. There is no mention of that in any of his posts. If you were doing adverse possession the adverse possessor still has to go about getting it the legal way. He cant adverse possess something and say its his theres a lot more to it.
I have bought some land lately that had someones dog kennel and other crap on my place and when they did the survey the surveyor notated that on the survey.

Limousin X Hereford
by Ky hills (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:48:35 GMT+5)
This year, I retained and used a Hereford bull to breed commercial Hereford cows, in hopes of getting some Hereford heifers to keep for cows. I currently have a Limousin bull with Angus and bwf cows. Not sure how I will divide the herd next year, but am wondering how Hereford Limousin cross would be both in terms of replacement heifers, and for steers fattened for beef?

cooking pork chops
by Rafter S (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:46:41 GMT+5)
Margonme wrote:callmefence wrote:ez14 wrote:im with jmj i've never had chili without beans (i thought it had to have beans to be chili)

me and one of my brothers ate a bunch of raw pork once by accident (i know how do you eat raw pork and not know? we were hungry i guess!) he got sick (nothing serious) but i was completely fine

Rafters right . in fact I think it's against the law to call it chili once you put beans in it . you can call it chili with beans but not just chili. Not a serious crime just a ticket I think...

Here on the Bright Raven Simmental Farm the Prince has issued a standing Pardon for putting beans in your chili.

That's a banana pepper!

You can't pardon yourself. I don't think politicians can even do that.

Beefmaster Cows
by Muddy (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:16:41 GMT+5)
insurman wrote:Caustic Burno wrote:A real Beefmaster is not black

Correct and I wish they would stop trying to convince people they purebred. If they are black, then something jumped the fence.

I have no problem with Beefmaster cows/crosses..we have several that have been in the herd going way back. But go to a Collier Farms sale, 100% red, mostly solid colored or with a little white on the belly. Please see the links before you made a claim about black Beefmasters.

by Ol' 243 (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:07:01 GMT+5)
I just got a quote to clear 17 acres of flat cutover for 10K. I wish you would come do mine. BTW, that was the cheapest quote I got.

Pearl Millet
by chronic (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:00:08 GMT+5)
That is interesting dun, I let it head out for two main reasons, which was I want to go around and cut the heads of when they are mature and put them out on my back patio this fall and winter and watch all the birds feed on them and I wanted to create a good place for my grandson to shoot doves this fall. I think I succeeded. Maybe I created a monster, but, in a typical western Kansas year, I doubt it it gets to far out of bounds as far as coming up volunteer. As far as the cattle eating, they don't know any better I guess, cause they are eating it up, when they come to the taller stalks with heads on them I see them just kind of leaning the plant down and eating the leaves off the stem. They don't seem to be eating the head. That's for the birds.

Cost to slaughter
by Dave (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:58:32 GMT+5)
My guy charges $60 for the kill. I have done it myself in the past but for $60 I just pay them. From shooting to finished with cleaning everything up probably takes me at least 3 hours. And I still have to haul the meat in to get cut and wrapped. We cut up our own deer and elk but that is a much smaller job than a beef.

2015 Ford F250 problem
by HDRider (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:58:09 GMT+5)
I would make it my mission to talk to someone at fomoco that would set that dealer straight.

I hope the dealer isn't one of those giants like sonic or hendrix.

Long Way from 2011
by greybeard (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:53:15 GMT+5)
backhoeboogie wrote:
The geese aren't moving yet. But those hummingbirds have gotten my attention too. The ruby throated little guys have been showing up again. The native dudes that's been hanging out here all summer are not interested in sharing the feeder with them. I had gone to one feeder as their numbers decreased. I better put the other two back out.
I've been seeing lots of Monarchs lately.

Little League World Series
by Dave (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:50:20 GMT+5)
I caught a few of the games and enjoy watching them. I do however have a problem with how Little League, at least locally, goes about this. Our kids start playing ball in April. Early in June an All Star team is selected out of the teams in the league. The rest of the kids go home. Baseball is done for them for the year. After a couple weeks of practice that team goes to play at districts. One team wins and the rest go home to play video games. That team advances to state where one team wins and the rest go home. The state team goes to regionals and the winner there goes to the LLWS. So this last week when there were 8 teams from around the nation playing against one another there are awful lot of kids sitting at home playing video games. When I was playing Little League 50-55 years ago there was no mention of all stars and we played ball all summer. I would much rather see those thousands and thousands of kids play ball all summer locally and forget who is the best all star team in the world.

Angus AI sire to add depth in flank???
by dun (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:39:37 GMT+5)
You can;t get it reliably in just one generation. Unless the cow has some depth, the bull won;t give you all that much.

Need a good BullMaker
by Midtenn (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:34:50 GMT+5)
bse wrote:I used VAR Index 3282(17513381) last year to do what your talking about, wanted to add carcass without giving up other things. A friend of mine seen him and his calves and was impressed said he looked nothing like a carcass bull. I had seen a few calves and liked them, so ill know more in a few weeks.

Had not considered him but I like his looks and epd's. Milk and sc are not in line but the cows should balance that well enough for what I'm after.
Do you know anything about his feet?

How do you like your steak?
by dun (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:34:04 GMT+5)
Ky hills wrote:dun wrote:True Grit Farms wrote:I was told that the good and bad bacteria grows on the outside of the steak, needs air for incubation. And once you sear the outside good the bacteria is killed? IDK
That's why ground/chopped is more suceptible to it.

When ordering steak often times it understandably not cooked exactly as ordered, if it is a little less than medium well, I will go ahead and eat it. But as you say hamburger is a different story, I want it cooked to the point that there is no pink in it.
Unless I grind it myself from muscle meat left in the freezer from our own animals, I don;t want any pink in burger either. If I grind it I don;t mind just a hint of pink. Steak/roasts I want dam near raw!

by Lucky_P (Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:10:44 GMT+5)
Lithuanian Farmer may correct me(and please do, if I'm incorrect!), but my understanding is that livestock producers in the EU have their 'hands tied' to a large extent, with regard to things that we here in the USA would regard as 'business as usual' in food animal production... for example, they are required to provide anesthesia (local or general), and post-surgical analgesia for castration. As a result, it may be less troublesome to just let those males remain uncastrated and sell them as bulls... but I'd think 'boar taint' would be a significant issue with uncastrated male pigs.

Just another thing to think about before you surrender your own rights and personal freedoms to an overarching centralized government...

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