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.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- BEEF DEMAND HOLDS UP AGAINST INCREASING COMPETITION
Large year-over-year increases in U.S. chicken and pork production have been a theme across all meat and poultry markets, and rightly so. Those increases, compounded by lackluster exports, have dropped wholesale pork and chicken prices dramatically, say analysts with the Livestock marketing Information Center (LMIC), in the organization's recent Livestock Monitor.
NEVER TOO SOON TO PLAN FOR HAY AND PASTURE NEEDS
For many producers the last four or five years have been particularly challenging, especially when it came to providing for the forage needs of the cow herd.
IT'S THE PITTS -- NOW WHAT DO I DO?
I hope I never have to retire because, quite frankly, I'm not very good at it. My friends can't understand why I don't want to retire while I can't understand why they worked their entire lives doing something they can't wait to quit.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- ELEPHANT LESSONS
If you ever wondered how important it is for cattle producers to take seriously even the most preposterous allegations levied by activist groups, consider the long winding road involving circus elephants.
PRODUCERS MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER CREEP FEEDING
Creep feeding, like so many management practices, has been around for a long time. In the current cattle markets, with the value of calves at all-time highs, producing the extra pounds of beef can pay substantial dividends.
PRECONDITION FOR PERFORMANCE, QUALITY AND CASH
It's been talked about for 60 years. It's better for animals, preferred by most cattle feeders and could provide a 169 percent return on investment.
HIGH DEMAND FOR REPLACEMENTS AT ABBA NATIONAL F1 SALE
The 28th Annual American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) National F1 & Texas Brahman Association (TBA) Sale showed a high demand for F1 replacement females as averages for the sale were among top prices of any female replacement sale this year.
BLACK INK -- THE ROAD TO GREATNESS
Maybe you're just starting out in the cattle business, or maybe you've been in it for decades and thought you'd seen it all by now. Either way, this is an exciting time when you can be sure of great risk and, potentially, great rewards.
SALACOA VALLEY BRANGUS BULLS AVERAGE $6,274
Cool temperatures and beginning spring grass greeted a nice crowd of Brangus enthusiasts at the Salacoa Valley Farms Customer Appreciation Sale.
IT'S THE PITTS -- COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
I've read that many writers have a hard time letting themselves be happy. I don't know if it's the actual writing that causes depression, or if depressed people are just drawn to the job.
DOES MINIMIZING PRODUCTION COSTS ALWAYS MAKE SENSE?
Beef production costs center largely around the three F's Feed, Fertilizer and Fuel. The costs of all three of these commodities are generally volatile and it's doubtful this will ever change.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- STICK IT IN THE CURVE
What do you mean she just disappeared? Vernon Caterwauller repeated into the phone. His face turned a paler shade of bleached chalk.
FOUR STATES CLASSIC SPRING TURNOUT SALE HELD MARCH 7
A break in the harsh winter weather and the opportunity to purchase strictly choice, graded replacement stock cows and bulls packed the bleachers at the Four States Spring turn out sale Saturday, March 7th.
TAKE PREVENTATIVE STEPS TO AVOID GRASS TETANY
For the last 20 something years, it never fails that at different times of the year certain topics become of greater concern. In the spring, these largely focus on two things: bloat and grass tetany.
DEEP SOUTH STOCKER CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN ALABAMA
Alabama will host the seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference Aug. 6-7 in Montgomery, Alabama. The conference is targeting cattle producers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
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What are you eating today?
by TexasBred (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 18:57:37 GMT)
ga.prime wrote:I invented that sandwich in 1977.
Yeah but you just named yours the "Big a$$ sandwich".
Sold another RAM truck.
by John SD (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 18:54:08 GMT)
Nesikep wrote:As long as you can make the payments, it's alright.
about 6 years ago we had to get our calves hauled to the sale barn, our usual guy couldn't do it, so we got someone else.. He had a Ram 5500 4x4 with a 24ft gooseneck trailer... it cost us $750 for a 3 1/2 hour (1 way loaded) trip.. So it was us making the payments on his truck... That year I said screw this, I'm not hiring this out again.. I spent $4000 on a trailer and $700 on an old stock rack (I had to spend a week to fit it), and now I do it myself, and have made some money hauling for others as well.
Many times neighbors here get together and haul to the auction ourselves if there are a lot of calves to be sold, but not enough for or simply can't get arranged to hire a real truck Pay is a full fuel tank in town and full tummy at the sale barn cafe
I don't get in on cattle deals so much anymore as much as helping haul my neighbor's lambs to the sale. Last year they got the lambs into 3 - 20' trailers, so I didn't get to go with my bumper pull
Bought a drum mower today
by Bigfoot (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 18:49:02 GMT)
Finally got it rolled today. Sure wasn't no hay curing weather this week. The 8 acres made 27 4' x 5 rolls. Didn't blow me away, but it was decent considering it had been grazed most of the spring.
by slick4591 (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 18:43:07 GMT)
To put it in prospective, the green is what is under a flash flood watch. That's nearly the whole danged state and almost all of Oklahoma.
by Muddy (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 18:40:23 GMT)
Probably for easy calving.
First calf heifer going down
by Supa Dexta (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 18:37:44 GMT)
If you're feeding well, she's not equipped for the job. There's plenty of animals out there that can raise a heck of a calf the first go round, some even pull off a great set of twins, breed back and carry on year after year. Sucks to put a couple of years into a heifer to find this out though. I may pull the calf a month early and feed her a bit better going into winter - then she has one more round to show me what she's got, on time and up to par.
I've only got some many positions available (mouths to feed) it better be a mouth worth feeding.
Scientist making 'CHEAP & DELICIOUS' meat
by Muddy (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 18:37:23 GMT)
djinwa wrote:How do you feed hay to a petri dish?
Will scientists have to roam the range cutting grass to bring to the lab?
I'm curious if they will do some studies for heat tolerance of petri dish.
Wounds on calf
by milkmaid (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 18:35:16 GMT)
Don't rule out a joint infection either.
Prolapse all over again ?
by Supa Dexta (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 18:30:41 GMT)
Had a cow that started prolapsing (again this year) back in december, pulled her from the main herd that winters outside and moved her to the feedlot (can get inside) so I could keep a closer eye on her. She didn't push it out much for a couple months, but lately its been daily, both butt and vag. She'd get up and walk around, and it would all go back in - but I hated seeing it. Well came home yesterday to a set of twins, 80.5 bull and 81 lb heifer.. So the 160 lbs of calf must have been popping her at the seams, as she's much slimmer looking today.
She calved fine, and all is well.. But I still think she's destined for the road after this round. I just can't have her doing this, as outdoors it would be prone to frostbite. And really I have no idea how she's not an infected mess after all ways hanging out in manure all the time.
NOT ALL SNAKES ARE BAD......
by cross_7 (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 18:28:10 GMT)
We always had rattlers at home but they rattle and give a warning and will try to escape.
The cottonmouth I have a hard time spotting when coiled up hiding and them boogers are spoiling for a fight and will attach without warning
We had lots of racers and bull snakes at home
Seemed like if you had a good population of them you didn't have many rattlers
Thank you vets
by tater74 (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 17:49:01 GMT)
There's More to it Than BBQ
by tater74 (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 17:43:48 GMT)
That is worth the watch. Thanks for posting.
by skyhightree1 (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 17:28:01 GMT)
The back side needs to be sprayed but all im going to do is spot spray since its got a good bit of clover in it. I put 2 pair bred cow and a heifer that I want to AI this winter over there. I am hoping this will keep them till winter.
I have noticed a new Way to market heifers
by cowgirl8 (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 17:23:12 GMT)
Muddy wrote:"We arent keeping any heifers from him"...I'm having a hard time to believe that statement but whatever floats your boat.
I dont understand whats hard to believe in this statement... We either keep some, or we dont. We dont plan to keep any heifers this year unless i see something i just have to keep...So far i havent. So, in the herd we put him in, out of the 5 herds, it would be pretty easy to not keep any heifers out of that herd even if we kept some...
by skyhightree1 (Posted Sat, 23 May 2015 17:22:55 GMT)
Bought 2 of these today to plant
planted the slips