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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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“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.
The E6 and Registered Beefmaster Replacement Female Sale was held April 24, 2016 in Columbus, Texas.
“In times of declining cow-calf margins, it is important for producers to evaluate opportunities to enhance calf value while simultaneously managing cost of production,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, in his early-June market comments. Peel uses a variety of surveys and studies to underscore his point.
Have you ever thought about what you'd like to eat for your last meal?
Every year, members of the American Junior Brahman Association gather to compete in a variety of contests, showcasing their skills and their cattle. This year, 250 members from nine states will show off their more than 650 entries. The All American will be held in West Monroe, La., at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, July 4-9, 2016.
At the cow/calf and stocker cattle level, production systems are generally built on forage production, pastures, hay, etc. For these operations forages provide the bulk of the nutrients needed for the animals. In many cases because of inadequate management or simply uncooperative weather patterns, forage quality is not suitable for the pasture and hays to maintain the type of digestibility needed for the animal to extract the needed nutrients.
Red Angus Association of America CEO Tom Brink announced that Katie Ochsner, a native of Torrington, Wyoming, has been hired as a commercial marketing specialist.

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? About adding new chickens
by skyhightree1 (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:44:45 GMT+5)
I recently got started in chickens this year and mine are starting to lay but I asked a guy that raises chickens and he told me if they are in close confinement they fight more but free range they fight less. I don't know if its true or not.

strange heifer incident?
by talltimber (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:42:49 GMT+5)
cattle60 wrote:Tall Timber , Was this one of the show me select heifers? Sorry for your problems, Know the feelings. What vets do you have to use? Mine came out of Farmington.

Yes, a SMS heifer. I won't name names, but it includes some of the vets in my area down here.

Lucky_P wrote:tt,
I wouldn't necessarily have put her down.
I've seen cows/heifers standing there peacefully chewing their cuds as if nothing were amiss, while you rake rotten, decomposed calves out, in chunks, by the handful. Granted, it's not desirable, and not all will be in that good condition, but I wouldn't shoot 'em just because there was a dead calf - or part of one - left in there.

I can't comment specifically on your (or anyone else's) difficulty getting a large animal veterinarian out...but having been one, I have some thoughts on the matter.

The good Doctor said she wouldn't last three days. I took him at his word and education level, and she wasn't doing well at all Sunday. I'm not going to second guess myself now. I'm sure miracles happen but I wasn't going to guinea pig her at that point. Others' mileage may vary, and usually do.

Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:One of the worst accounts I had of a bad birth was when I was younger and worked for a research company. The study we were on was a big dairy study; Upjohn was trying to beat everyone and get rBST in the market first. We had 270 dairy cows that were in the study, that we were going to follow through 5 lactation cycles using the rBST.
Anyway, we had a cow that failed to progress at calving, so we called the vet. I was the assistant, and the vet made the call that the calf was dead (flexion test), so we were going to do a fetotomy instead of a c-section. My job was to hold the chains tight, keeping tension on the calf while he ran the blade over the shoulder blade to remove the shoulder, thus allowing the calf to fit through the pelvis. As he started sawing, I felt the calf jerk! I told the vet the calf was alive, and moving. The vet assured me the calf was dead, and the jerking was from him cutting through the tendon and muscles. My gut told me otherwise, but I was not a vet so I did as I was told. Once the leg was severed, we pulled out the leg/shoulder, then pulled the rest of the calf with a few tugs. Imagine our surprise when the calf shook it's head, and attempted to try to stand on THREE legs!!!!!! The vet ran back to his truck, got some of the pink stuff (beuthanasia), and immediately put the calf down. He was sick to his stomach, very apologetic, and just broke over the incident. I have never forgotten that, and when I check a calving cow and do not get a response from the calf, still do not give up until the calf is out and I am sure it is dead!

That is terrible. Did he quit practice altogether?

Castrate or Not?
by callmefence (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:42:15 GMT+5)
M-5 wrote:with the current prices you can see a dock on calves not cut and not conditioned , On our market report last week it was noted that 10 to 12 cent deduct on 400 to 500# bulls vs steers . This weeks report made no mention. Other than that the markets are looking for quality calves . IMO to have a quality calf it needs to be ran thru the chute wormed ,vac and castrated (It only takes a couple extra min) and started on feed.

When the demand and prices were higher It didn't make sense because low to mediocre quality was bringing a premium. those same calves today will get your feeling hurt at the barn,

This is absolutely spot on with what I've seen at recent sales.
When prices were high there was little difference. Now suddenly there is a considerable difference. When a buyer sees a cut and weaned steer, it's a reasonable assumption that calf is vaccinated and wormed as well. With the market like it is the buyers are in position to demand the best.

Cow in every Pasture
by LRTX1 (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:36:16 GMT+5)
hurleyjd wrote:Kingfisher wrote:I thought it was fried chicken and pot...or something like that

Chicken in every pot and a pot under every bed.

In today's society it would be, chicken in every pot and a pot head in every bed.

11 Dallas police officers shot
by callmefence (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:21:47 GMT+5)
CJC wrote:callmefence wrote:CJC wrote:
What a strange comment to make. You won't waste your time making me afraid, that will happen soon enough. The scary part is watching the American news haha. That's what scary in this world to me right now. You all act like you are on this type of higher level than I am because you have the right to carry weapons. It's bizarre and is what is wrong with the world. Your type of attitude. I hope Trump builds a wall across Canada too haha. Vote him in because he has mentioned it and I support his choice.

Me too . Only difference is.

It'll take a wall 50 foot tall and 30 foot in the ground to even slow down a mescun.
If need be ,We can turn a Canadian with a single strand of barbwire.

You will be begging us to let you in once you make another stupid decision and elect another idiot into the White House. What other countries will you all start wars with? It's a joke.

First of all it was joke.
Second we don't beg. Never ever have ever.
Third the only reason Canada or Mexico exists, is because of their badazz neighbor.
Go on back to your world of love and being taken care of. We'll keep the wolves at bay same as we always have.....no matter who's elected

Waterer question???
by Dave (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:58:36 GMT+5)
I have one pasture with a siphon that runs down hill to a 600 gallon trough. Once I start it in the spring it keeps the trough full all summer. I have another place with nose pumps out of a creek. They need to be watched closer because if something stops working you are out of water right now. But they do work and the cows learn very quickly to pump their own water. I have another pasture where put 600 feet of 1 inch plastic pipe up a stream and into a culvert in a small stream. I ran it down stream far enough that the pipe was lower than the intake point. Then I laid the pipe up out of the channel and through some trees to a trough in another field. The trough has an over flow line because this water runs 24/7. The biggest problem I have had is things wanting to plug the line. I ended up necking it up to a 2 inch pipe at the intake end and putting a screen over the end.
Ram pumps work on fall. You need at least 2 feet of drop from the water source to the pump to make it work. Sling pumps work on currant. So a short riffle where the water speeds up will make one of them work. But they are actually out in the water so they are susceptible to damage from flooding. On a bigger stream where people might be floating down the sling pump is out in the open and could be stolen or vandalized.

How do I get into your shoes(boots)?
by Bigfoot (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:52:39 GMT+5)
I like your attitude, If we were neighbors, I'd be glad to help you. I'm sure your uncles motives are genuine. That doesn't mean that you can't get in. It is just very hard to get in. Start small, and grow. It will take time.

Pink eye
by Bigfoot (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:45:10 GMT+5)
I guess any of the antibiotics, including the old stand by LA 200 and 300 will treat it. I have found Draxxin to have the have the fastest recovery time, and subsequently leaves the least noticeable affects to the eye.

Daily Joke
by JWBrahman (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:43:06 GMT+5)
If Sarah Silverman can say n-gger all the time and still be one of the DNC elites then I can tell this joke:

Jewish pedophile sees a group of kids playing. He walks over and says, "Pssst, you kids wanna buy some candy?"

Long Gone Cowboy Legends
by js1234 (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:17:48 GMT+5)
Bestoutwest wrote:js1234 wrote:For the PRCA era, I think I'd go with Jim Shoulders. Gary Leffew and Donnie Gay were exceptional and Ty Murray is probably the most natural rough stock rider we will ever see. No doubt Lane Frost is one of the Top 5 and always going to be in the discussion for the best ever. He was a very special bull rider.
BTW JMJ, I realized today I didn't PM you the pics of that 45 that I said I would. I'll do that this week.

Ty Murray hands down. He rode in all the rough stock divisions, rode anything you put under him. I met him once and shook his hand. I just remember how big his hand was, it was like shaking the hand of Andre the Giant.
No doubt he is the best all around rough stock cowboy of all time. I think he was talking about bull riding in particular.
But, like I mentioned, it'd be hard to argue with saying Ty Murray was the best bull rider of the PRCA era as he's by anyone's measurement, one of the Top 3-5. Truly gifted.

Weight loss at weaning
by Sd1030 (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:40:18 GMT+5)
I was thinking 50-100lbs was prolly what id be looking at if id weighed first then weighed again in 30 days. I was planning on waiting til mid august to wean but had something come up so i went ahead and started now.

Calculating Cost in Heifers and Bulls
by cmay (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:39:13 GMT+5)
Brute 23 wrote:Lucky_P wrote:Good point, CB - I'd not even considered the impact on the dam's economic contribution, by not having the benefit of a 'saleable' calf in the year she produced that heifer that you retain.
But... I'd still rather keep my own homebred replacement than buy one I have no idea about what's behind.

That cow actually doubled her production long term. You skipped one check to receive two for years to come. If you keep one of that cows heifers the original cow triple her production. Now you skipped 2 checks but get 3 checks for years to come.

It's like taking your dividends and buying more stock.

Plus, you don't have to pay taxes on that calf. So it's like buying more stock inside a Traditional IRA. You will only be taxed if you liquidate it.

You don't have to pay taxes on the calf, but neither can you depreciate out the calf on your taxes like you can with a purchased heifer.

Religion and Politics
by Bestoutwest (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:20:31 GMT+5)
True Grit Farms wrote:The koran teaches some very bad behavior and principles.

So do other religious texts.
Leviticus 25:44-46-You may buy slaves from countries other than you're own b/c why not?
Exodus 21:20-21-If a man kills his slave, the slave will be avenged. If the slave survives for a day or two, well, it's ok b/c the slave belongs to that man.
Titus2: 9-10-Slaves are to be well pleasing to their masters in everything.....
Leviticus 20:10-Stone adulterers to death

Yes, I'm paraphrasing, and it's a few passages. My point is that we can find fault in anything we look at. Look at how many of you think that Angus, Hereford, Limo, etc is the best breed based on your own qualifications.

by bird dog (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:07:00 GMT+5)
I like to unroll Rye grass hay for the reseeding as well as the other reasons mentioned above. I have a lot of rolling farmland where the topsoil is thin on the high points. Unrolling adds a lot of nutrients as well as gets some seed started.

working heavy bred cows
by angus9259 (Posted Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:05:20 GMT+5)
I think there's also a vast range of what it means to "Work cattle".

There's bringing them up from the range land, crowding them into pens with no shade while they wait in a mass group hours for their turn through the chute where they will be weighed, tagged, vaccinated, etc.... and squirting some fly control on them when they are in a trailer. Or, in my little bitty small case, opening the gate from the field holding 20 cattle into my green grass and shaded catch arena where they are ushered back out in groups of 3-4 to spend 5 minutes in the chute while I do this or that to them. Even the chute is in the shade and the animals are docile - not range - so the process isn't really working them up.

THAT said - in this particular case, I would be more concerned about catching, loading, and hauling these heavy breds with these temps then getting some fly control on them there after.

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