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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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One of the largest overlooked costs for stockmen when selling cattle is shrink. For example, if you are taking calves to a feeder calf sale, to be weighed off the truck and a two percent pencil shrink taken, those calves may have already lost six percent or more of their weight just getting them to market, resulting in at least eight percent shrink deducted from your paycheck.
The fall calving season has kicked off, but are you really prepared for it? Here are a few of the important things to have handy for a successful calving season.
Beef cattle selection may soon be as easy as looking at a cow's genes.
The use of artificial insemination in beef cow operations has never reached anywhere near the acceptance of that of the dairy industry. The reasons for this bear discussion as they typically relate to many of the problems we encounter with A.I. in beef herds.
Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectors—whether production of hybrid corn, hogs or beef. There are three kinds of heterosis; individual (the calf), maternal, and paternal. Of the three, paternal heterosis has had the least attention.
Expanding beef production and looming increased calf numbers continue to pressure cattle prices lower, further and faster than many expected.
The handwriting on the wall has become pretty clear. Justified or not, the use of antibiotics in managing the beef animal, at any stage of production, is becoming more challenging.
The bull business is very competitive and purebred people play to win. Because there's a limited number of buyers, breeders spend a fortune on color ads and hire their own field men to exhort ranchers to come to their sale. I knew one breeder who passed out a hundred dollar bill for every bull a ranch manager bought, and once I even saw a bull breeder buy the county fair show steer that belonged to the granddaughter of a large rancher hoping it would pay off.
Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important.
It was about 40 years ago that the beef industry was introduced to the Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). In the early days, data were limited and based on comparisons with a few reference sires used in designed programs. There has been much progress in the methods used to calculate EPDs, and today most breed associations provide EPDs on all animals in the breed. After 40 years, there is still confusion over how to use these tools.
When planting wildlife food plots, which is better: annuals or perennials? Ideally, you should have different plots designated for both cool- and warm-season annuals, as well as perennials.
Some diseases affect reproduction, in bulls as well as in cows. It's best to try to prevent these diseases by making sure the cows and bulls have adequate immunity before breeding season.
The 18th Annual Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale was held August 26th at Alabama Livestock Auction in Uniontown, Ala.
The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) was represented by five staff members at the Southeastern Brangus Field Day, on Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, in Grantville, Georgia.

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I'm A Little Nervous
by dun (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:21:26 GMT+5)
farmerjan wrote:dun wrote:farmerjan - When they abort 2 weeks or so early it would be pretty useless to try to graft a calf since the cow doesn;t have any milk yet.
I agree that there is little point in trying to graft a calf on a cow that was 2-3 weeks early and likely no milk. I was just reading others that had a dead calf for whatever reason and the cow trying to revive it... and the one we had that had the premie that died after nearly 3 weeks, was making milk even if not up to her full potential. The grafted calf may not get all the milk he would have if she had been full term, but he is doing okay now and will go to eating sooner if he is hungry. My thoughts were that saving a lactation even with a holstein bull calf beats the cow not having anything on her especially if you want to keep her and rebreed her. Salvage value now @ maybe &750., will only pay half on a replacement grade heifer, and you don't necessarily know what you are getting. I just didn't see where anyone was talking about grafting a calf on a cow and I wondered if most people didn't do it.
Lots of people graft for a still born or a calf that dies shortly after birth. It's the time frame between aborting and when she was due that makes a difference

Pictures of weaned bull calves
by Ky hills (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:16:42 GMT+5)
Thank you Margonme, I can say the same of yours too.
Thank you USAxbred, I will keep at least one to breed heifers to next spring, provided that they have heifer acceptable EPD's when registered, and depending on whether or not I keep both of my current bulls, I may use another one for cows. I am also considering using the white faced bull crossbred bull which is also an AI calf out of Rockmount, on a small number of cows, to get a little more Brahman influence into my herd.

Proof of Global Warming
by Bestoutwest (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:09:34 GMT+5)
I've got say that I'm pretty glad that I was born in '82 b/c those old school knickers would have never done it for me. I got lucky b/c I was in college when thongs became quite the thing. Sitting in the back of the class sure had it's benefits.

by Bestoutwest (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:08:27 GMT+5)
I'm 14 miles door-to-door. Thankfully, it's mostly done in the back roads of the country so it's about 22 minutes. But when I get behind a slow-a$$ idiot I just about come unglued. I don't mind the farmers or the people that go the speed limit. It's that guy that feels the need to go 45 in a 55. Why do they do that?

by Caustic Burno (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:04:13 GMT+5)
Squirrel season opens
Hot digitty dog

Some pictures
by frieghttrain (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:03:10 GMT+5)
creekdrive wrote:frieghttrain wrote:Looking good. That bull calf's a thick son of a gun! Who's he out of? PS I like that limi cow
Here's some links to their pedigrees.

Top black bull (with the cow)
http://abri.une.edu.au/online/cgi-bin/i ... 9=5B59505D

The one below (rear shot)
http://abri.une.edu.au/online/cgi-bin/i ... 9=52595F5F

It's the first group of calves sired by this bull and so far we are pretty happy.

That limo cow was purchased 2 springs ago with a group of 6. They are all older limo cows (I think the youngest ones are 9). They raise good calves, but have a bit of the stereotypical limo temperament people talk about. They aren't too bad for the most part. If they see you looking at them they get a bit heads up (more than we like) and if you try to single one of them out they will head to the far end of the pasture and into the bush if they can. Even if it means going right over top of you. They aren't mean, but they definitely aren't afraid of people either. A couple of them we won't be taking to any pastures away from home as if there was ever an issue they would be some hard to catch. Oddly enough though they act pretty good running them through the chute. They calmly close the headgate on themselves and then instantly drop to their knees. Obviously they had been through the routine a few times before we got them.

here's a picture of one of the other limi girls with her heifer calf:

. That first bull is going to make a great heifer bull! Is the Limousin's calf sired by the Red Angus?

Ready for Football and some Fall Weather
by Kingfisher (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:01:52 GMT+5)
Michigan or Wisconsin? Badgers aren't getting much respect.

More pictures of bred heifers and weaned steer and heifer calves
by Margonme (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:41:42 GMT+5)
Very nice. Did you get rain yesterday? We did. Steady almost all day.

How much Lower can they Go
by RanchMan90 (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:38:43 GMT+5)
I agree sky-high, I like to keep a diverse stock portfolio myself. I took a gooseneck load of 60 lb dorper cross lambs to goldwaithe last week, should feed a couple cows this winter

Pics from last weekend
by Jake (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:38:12 GMT+5)
cfpinz wrote:Cool pictures.

Wife and some of her friends went to Yellowstone back in August, said they didn't really enjoy it because there were so many Asians you could hardly walk.

Rut must've been fairly late this year. I hunted Sept 10 week in CO and we never heard a single bugle.

bulls were talking pretty good when we were out there. They pretty well had the pecking orders established already so not a ton of action. We spent a couple days outside of the park over West of Island Park and didnt' hear much but the guys had been in elk all month.

Shh... Please don't tell anyone...
by cfpinz (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:25:44 GMT+5)
Just did a 4k roundtrip in a 2007 3500 dually with the 6.7 Cummins, my first non Ford truck ever. Engine blows anything out of the water that Ford has ever used, but truck is a complete POS.

Poll(Sept) - 'Signs'
by USAxBrad (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:22:15 GMT+5)
M-5 wrote:BRYANT wrote:True Grit Farms wrote:Censorship stinks.
Don't feel bad they rejected mine also. I think they were afraid it would go against some of adds they let run on top of the page. I won't say who the adds are for, just say she is not the most truthful person in the world.

mine was homemade sign and was rejected . If your interested its on my FB
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

Would of had my vote as well and I have one entered in it lol

Bulls are home!
by USAxBrad (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:09:45 GMT+5)
Bulls look good, how long do you leave them out there Boot Jack?

This might be where I start
by midTN_Brangusman (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:09:05 GMT+5)
HD I saw several sets of black bred heifers as good as anybody's on the last superior sell for well under that price. Most were 1300 to 1450. Im sure you could find a group not too far from you to lighten the bill on truckin.

Leasing bulls
by Brute 23 (Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:05:54 GMT+5)
5S Cattle wrote:Next year I'll be looking to breed some first/second calf heifers and I was curious on what a lbw angus/brangus would run to rent?

That's an expensive way to breed animals. Using greatgerts numbers its around $37 per head, on 20 head. Less than 20 head... its gets real expensive and 22-38 head gets real expensive. I could see certain cases like if you were going to flip them maybe or if you have no place to store a bull in the offseason it is probably a decent deal.

You might look at buying a good bull to stay with them. If you buy a decent lbw bull with good growth he could breed the heifers 2 or 3 crops. If you buy a $3,000 bull, breed 3 crops of 20 head, get $1500 from the packer at the end of the 3 crops, it would cost you $25 per animal to breed plus keeping him in the offseason.

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