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.
EPDS PROVIDE THE MOST ACCURATE SELECTION METHOD
Selecting beef cattle based on expected progeny difference (EPD) values provides the most accurate selection method currently available to beef producers for economically important traits.
WILL IONOPHORES BE AFFECTED BY REGULATION CHANGES?
An ionophore is a feed additive used in beef cattle rations to improve feed efficiency and animal gains.
CIRCLE A ANGUS HOSTS 10TH ANNUAL FALL SALE
Circle A Angus Ranch, headquartered in Iberia, Mo., was proud to host their 10th Annual Fall Bull & Heifer sale offering 309 head sold on October 15th. The bleachers were full of potential buyers vying for the opportunity to own elite genetics backed by great service by bidding on the 109 bulls, and 200 bred heifers.
DON'T GUESS AT ACRONYMS USED IN BEEF CATTLE BUSINESS
Many acronyms are used in the beef cattle industry. Knowing exactly what they represent instead of guessing can be important.
DOGUET'S DIAMOND D BRANGUS SALE HELD OCTOBER 15
A warm fall day greeted a standing room only crowd of Brangus enthusiasts from five states gathered at Poteet, Texas, for Doguet's Diamond D Sale of Proven Producers.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- ADDING OPPORTUNITY AND RISK WITHOUT WEIGHT
When feeder cattle markets are in balance, prices for lighter-weight feeder cattle adjust to account for the cost of gain to put the additional weight on those cattle such that feedlots are relatively indifferent to buying feeder cattle of various weights, says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his weekly market comments the first week of November.
BULL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ARE IMPORTANT
In many purebred operations, bull sales make up a significant portion of their cash flow. Therefore, bull growth and development is very important to the overall success of their operation. Many cattlemen who produce bulls spend a great amount of time on the genetics they use and their breeding operation. Remember that this genetic potential can never be realized if these animals are not fed and managed properly.
IT'S THE PITTS -- AN APP FOR THAT
Here are ten smartphone apps that we desperately need some geek to create:
SOUTHERN CONNECTION CHAROLAIS SALE AVERAGES $2,765
The Southern Connection Charolais Sale was held October 19, 2016 in Calhoun, Ga.
REPLACEMENTS SHOULD BE HELD TO HIGH STANDARDS
As autumn makes its debut across the Empire State of the South, many spring-calving operations have been, or are in the process of, weaning; and in a few months, producers will be sorting through females and deciding which ladies get a job offer and which get shown the door.
BLACK INK -- LIMITS? WHAT LIMITS?
Your cows may be held in by fences, but there are few limits on where you go or what you can do with the herd. Perceived barriers these days are just untested assumptions where imagination and technology are opening new gates.
BE SELECTIVE WHEN CHOOSING REPLACEMENT FEMALES
Spiraling cattle prices in recent weeks are not leaving much wiggle room when it comes to marketing calves and replacement females to fit current trends, according to cattle experts.
BE AWARE OF THE PROS AND CONS OF USING DARTS IN CATTLE
Darts - also known as remote drug delivery devices or RDD devices - are frequently used in wildlife to tranquilize animals for research, or when a wild animal strays into a populated area such as a city or neighborhood. They are also gaining popularity among beef stocker growers who have cattle on extensive grazing.
TOWN CREEK FARM BRANGUS BULLS AVERAGE $4,435
Cattlemen from the southern U.S. resoundingly endorsed the value of the Town Creek Farm genetic program at the Town Creek Farm Sale, Saturday, October 15, 2016, near West Point, Miss.
IT'S THE PITTS -- BULLISH
For years purebred bull breeders didn't get paid what they deserved for making such a big investment in better genetics, so I'm glad to see them finally getting paid handsomely for their better bulls.
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by greybeard (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:40:33 GMT+5)
Lots of those little hard nubbin type pecan trees here--all up and down the river. The shell is thick and mostly used to test diamonds for hardness. I've killed hundreds of them--and pignut hickory trees, but every spring, new ones pop up.
When I lived out west, some of the best pecans I ever ate came from trees growing along the Concho Rivers. Hundreds of them, but not nearly as many as the old folks said were on those rivers before the big flood of 1936 washed hundreds of the old trees away
by Cucumber35 (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:35:14 GMT+5)
Yeah the stock clutches in the Dodges suck. I put a new one in mine around 60k. Southbend dual disc with single mass flywheel and upgraded hydraulics. Yes the pedal is kinda stiff especially in traffic, yes it has some chatter in neutral. But it will hold anything I've thrown at it. Over 100k now and still feels the same as new. Towing heavy more often than not and even push snow with it some in the winter.
If you use your truck for truck stuff and want a man's clutch then you won't be disappointed. If your wife uses it as a grocery getter, you might want something a bit milder like a single disc. Definitely ditch the dual mass flywheel though either way.
The "Off Grid" lifestyle
by dun (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:32:58 GMT+5)
gizmom wrote:Does 13 days with no power after a hurricane count? That was as long as I ever want to go without power!
Did that in 2007, even with a good generator it's a pain in the butt
About that time of year
by dun (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:28:20 GMT+5)
I love it when a bull puts a stamp on his calves that you can plainly see
Beef at Farmers Market
by farmerjan (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:16:41 GMT+5)
When we were trying to do the beef, I got some copies of the charts that show the cuts of beef and where they are on the animal so that I could educate people a bit on what they could expect from a 1/2 of beef. It's still a pain in the .... and I won't even talk to someone who wants a 1/2 or even when 2 people want to go in together so that they each get a quarter, unless they have seen these charts and have some understanding of what they will be getting. I guess that as I get older my patience for the "teaching" phase is just getting shorter. I tell them all to go online and look up where the different cuts that they want come from, so they can visually see that there isn't all steaks on an animal. The angus assoc has a pretty decent one that shows it "superimposed" right a picture of the live animal.
S. Dakota State pulled a slick one today!!
by Alan (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:11:15 GMT+5)
Pretty good trick play, I haven't seen one quite like that one. Didn't help them much but it was fun to watch.
chrome on calves
by tamarack (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:55:06 GMT+5)
I think the white cow has a large % of shorthorn the shorthorn can be red,white,roan and any combination of the three,red /white marks is hard to get away from.A shorthorn bull of mine throws some chrome and solid colors never tell what will get.
Truck Flatbed MFG. recommendation?
by jedstivers (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:45:54 GMT+5)
I like Bradford real well. That's what I want for mine.
However there's a CM dealer in Sikeston MO that will allow 1,700 on a bed off a new truck. Pull it off and put the new CM on. They are around 4,500 but that's the skirted one. Don't know what a plain one is.
I also have a real old gooseneck brand one that's plane in a work truck. Nothing at all wrong with that brand.
by NolanCountyAG (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:36:22 GMT+5)
You probably don't have too, but it wouldn't hurt either.
by Atimm693 (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:18:26 GMT+5)
SteppedInIt wrote:I know none of these models were recommended but I thought I would throw it out anyway.
044 Stihl has OEM cylinder replacement and after market piston and ring. Runs great. $500 firm
MS-311 STIHL Chainsaw 20"Bar, decompression valve, wrench, like new, few hours. $400.00 firm
Stil 361 magnum with 20" bar. Gently used with case. Asking $300
361 is the best of that bunch. Price is very fair if in good shape. Perfect for a one saw operation.
I'm sure you'll find an 044 to be way overkill and heavy for your use.
Have you found your safe place
by TexasBred (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:30:59 GMT+5)
greybeard wrote:Don't have one-don't want one-don't need one.
Adversity builds character, and that's what i am...a character, which is better than being a charioteer or a chupacabra..
GB reckon this is any good??
by City Guy (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:17:07 GMT+5)
M-5 wrote:I prefer Bach or Beethoven
Yes, hard to beat Beethoven's symphony #5 and "The Emperor" concerto.
Feeder calf prices????
by JMJ Farms (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:10:05 GMT+5)
Feeders are still too low compared to Live Cattle. Doesn't make sense to me. First possibility is I'm an idiot because I can't figure out why. Second possibility is we are getting the short end of the stick. Third possibility is both.
Noob from South Carolina
by Armyman2008 (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:08:48 GMT+5)
Hi all. I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been reading the forums for awhile now. I have a 15 acre property just outside of Aiken, SC. I bought 2 jersey calves in October to practice with and learn the ropes. I am hoping to get some angus calves in the future once I get some more fencing up and a better understanding of raising cows. Look forward to continuing to read all of your advice and learn from you.
Load lot receiving pens (size and material)
by jedstivers (Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:40:28 GMT+5)
I like 5-550 best. Getting high 4's to low 6's.