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.
IT'S THE PITTS -- IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE
Hanging around renegade livestock all my life has taught me that no matter how bad things get, they can always get worse.
CIRCLE A ANGUS BULL SALE AVERAGES $4,531
Circle A Angus Ranch, headquartered in Iberia, Mo., was proud to host their 20th Annual Spring Bull & Heifer sale offering 402 head sold on March 15th.
ADOPT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY
In Parts 1 and 2 of this series we began a discussion of steps producers might take to help take advantage of the current strong cattle markets. More specifically these are recommendations and guidelines to help improve the total pounds of calf weight that can be produced from the operation.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- PHOENIX RISING . . . . AGAIN
Peetie Womack was rubbing Hooter on the nogginas he'd been known to do on the rare occasion when he'd made too many trips to the punch bowl.
PRODUCERS BENEFIT FROM SMART TECHNOLOGY
Today's cattle producers have a variety of technological applications available on their smartphones, which are about the size of the little notebooks their predecessors once carried in their shirt pockets for record keeping.
IBBA MEMBERS ENJOY SUCCESSFUL CONVENTION
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) welcomed members and show exhibitors to its annual convention in Houston March 4-8, 2014, in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
EVALUATE MARKETING STRATEGIES IN CURRENT MARKETS
In Part 1 of this series we started by pointing out the obvious, that the beef cattle markets have been exceptional and that profits to the cattleman have been unprecedented.
IT'S THE PITTS -- FEAR OF FEATHERS
I've made a career of making fun of chickens and the people who raise them.
YON FAMILY FARMS HOSTS 24TH ANNUAL SALE
The 24th Annual Yon Family Farms Sale was held at the farm in Ridge Spring, SC on February 15, 2014.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- GRASPING THE ALTERNATE UNIVERSE
When you spend most all day, every day, wrapped up in the cattle business or some other sector of agriculture, it's too easy to believe the rest of the world sees things from an identifiable viewpoint.
WINTER IS BEST TIME TO TRAP WILD HOGS
Wild hogs continue to be a plague throughout Mississippi, occupying about half of the state's land area.
IT'S THE PITTS -- HERE'S LOOKIN' AT YA'
When it comes to attitude the eyes have it.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- A FOREIGNER IN HIS HOMELAND
You could always tell the rare occasion when Peetie Womack had spent a might too long at the punch bowl: sooner or later, he'd get around to most everyone, rub them on the noggin, his eyes sparkling.
TAKE MANAGEMENT STEPS TO BENEFIT FROM CURRENT PRICES
While it is unlikely that any cattle producer has not recognized that the beef cattle industry is enjoying exceptional cattle prices, I'll point out something that should be obvious if you've sold any cattle over the last several months: The cattle markets are pretty unbelievable¸ having reached unprecedented high points.
BBU ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) welcomes Bill Pendergrass to the team as the new Executive Vice President. With an interest and genuine care for cattlemen and the beef industry, Pendergrass expresses that his life's work is advocating for ranchers, helping the purebred sector embrace the future and actively establishing the importance of the Beefmaster breed for the benefit of its breeders and the beef industry in general.
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What I'm seeing today
by jedstivers (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:34:34 GMT)
Here's the story on the bull.
He's a young, sale barn special. Less than two grand and the pics aren't good but he's a pretty sharp bull really. He's a Gelbvieh, he's black and covering my trader cows. I should be able to use him and sell him for more than I have in him.
by Caustic Burno (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:33:13 GMT)
420 bucks I ran a couple hundred mixed rounds through it today hollow points, lead ball, and FMJ
without a hiccup. I have Colts that have never performed as well as any Rock I have owned.
by jedstivers (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:23:24 GMT)
There you go again, talking big. She'll read this and get you in your place quick.
Glad she's better CB.
new wheel rake
by turklilley (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:18:18 GMT)
I've used mine hard for the last 6 years, and it's still in one piece. I did lose a couple of the carrage bolts out of the teeth last year. I found the teeth before I baled them. I just used machine bolts to replace them
Picked up these girls Saturday
by jedstivers (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:17:38 GMT)
Those girls look obese compared to,the ones we are buying. I like having room to make something.
I might get some pics tomorrow.
Will she ever calve?
by torogmc81 (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:13:50 GMT)
I had a cow a month ago so loose and wide open I swear you could see right through. Chewing cud calm as can be. But she watches me. Leave her alone, next thing you know bull calf up running around. They are all different, just be patient.
A watched pot never boils is used SO much, but SO true most the time!
drought in south
by tamarack (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:54:55 GMT)
So sorry to hear what is happening to our southern neighbours I think I will quit bitching about the dump of snow we got this week. Had no idea what was happening down there, I am rooting for you.
Who makes a good rock picker?
by denvermartinfarms (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:49:22 GMT)
If I picked rocks there wouldn't be much left.
by Caustic Burno (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:48:12 GMT)
Make it like a big quail trap out of cattle panel.
They work but are illegal.
Snakes, their crawling and watch where your stepping.
by Caustic Burno (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:45:04 GMT)
Just finished planting some corn and was taking a break when this one came by. This is why I carry a pistol when ever I leave the house. This is my second diamond back so far, and I've also killed one timber rattler also.
Same here I got on top of a 3 ft timber rattler a couple days ago that grew to 50 feet in a split second.
Shot him twice for scaring the crap out of me.
Calving in Alberta
by torogmc81 (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:42:37 GMT)
tamarack wrote:Well we had 2 days of spring and now back to winter had 6in of snow over the last two days lovely weather for calving scours and pnenomia will be expected after this had to bring a few in to warm up and get a warm drink but these 2 were born during warm part of day and should be ok. Lots of work keeping everything healthy in this stuff.
I can't imagine such a long winter. Good luck to ya!!
by cowpunk'd (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:32:40 GMT)
This link will show you if your area in the U.S is Selenium deficient.
I checked and it looks like Crystalyx contains 6 to 8.8 ppm
Feds seize cattle from a Nevada ranch
by Caustic Burno (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:24:45 GMT)
Red Bull Breeder wrote:Article 1 Section 8 Clause 17.
I know that part but the 14th says all citizens are to be treated equally as well.
The citizens of western states are being denied rights that 2/3 of the other states have in sovereignty
to govern themselves and the state.
These states are still being treated like the south in reconstruction.
Changes in the Cattle Industry
by BRAFORDMAN (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:18:52 GMT)
cow pollinater wrote:BRAFORDMAN wrote:
What was your cattle operation like when you first got started, how has it changed?
I started as a partner with my father. We ran cows here on the valley floor on irrigated pasture that probably should have been farmed. When I took over I switched to registered cattle for a few years as that seamed like a good choice since I do AI work for the bulk of my income. Now I run commercial cows in the hills on native grass and the pastures here in the valley are support as they house my weined heifers, horses, and bulls.
What methods did you practice in your herd, when you started, that you do not practice anymore? Why did you stop?
I'm no longer 100% AI and I don't want a purebred cow on the place unless I can use her to make bulls for my own use. I can get good results from AI with a minimal amount of effort but it would take triple the amount of effort(if even possible) for me to get anywhere near 100% AI. I don't want purebred cows because I've found heterosis to be a powerful tool for making trouble free cows.
What methods do you practice now that you did not practice when you first got started?
I am much more focused on creating a uniform set of calves and also making replacements that can work in tough environments but still produce the quality that our market demands. Rather than look for outstanding individuals however I can get them, I've shifted focus to a uniform set however I can get them.
Are there any methods that are practiced now that you do not like or agree with? If so explain why you do not agree.
I don't like not having favorites. It's hard to watch gentle cows get on the trailer and head to town when the batshyt crazy cow gets to stay because SHE gave you a calf.
I also don't particularly like having to choose genetics based on business instead of choosing what I WANT.
When you have questions whether simple or complex about your cattle operation, who, what or where do you go to? How has that changed from the start of your cattle operation to the present?
It has changed in that I don't blindly follow anyone anymore. I gather bits and pieces here, from people within the genetics company that I represent, my state cattlemen's publication, neighbors, vets, breed associations, MARC. I don't listen to my father much anymore and in fact he now asks me. Neighbors for me are a wealth of information as most have seen everything that my ground can throw at a cow since before I was born and ranching is local.
My questions may seem vague, but basically why do you run your cattle operation the way you do now as opposed to how you did when you first got started? What sources of information do you use now for help as opposed to the sources you used in the past. Why did these things change?
Profitability and a strong desire to do what is best for my cows.
[b]Please include how long you have been in the cattle business.
On my own about twelve years but I've been involved for around thirty years. Cattle have been my main source of income for twenty years.
by branguscowgirl (Posted Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:16:23 GMT)
Mldcgilbert wrote:Thanks for the suggestion. I'm from central CA.
I am northern CA. You are probably Selenium deficient, as we are. Take a look at White muscle disease if you are not familiar with it. Do you feed minerals?