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 -- ANOTHER FRIEND GONE
The much-dreaded morning arrived and I was in a funk. Even though I'm prone to being that way, this day was especially depressing for it was the day of the last sale ever to be held at the Templeton Livestock Market.
STRONG DEMAND BOOSTS TOWN CREEK SALE
It is the best of times in the beef cattle industry as producers across the United States are benefiting from historically high cattle prices. The bullish market was the driver of the record setting Town Creek Farm Brangus and Ultrablack Bull Sale and Commercial Brangus Bred Heifer Sale held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, near West Point, Miss.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- MARGINAL DECISIONS
Tight supplies and improving beef demand continue fueling record cattle and beef prices. Just when it seems there is little steam left, prices ratchet higher yet. Plus, barring some cataclysmic shock from outside the industry, there's little reason for prices to move lower in the short term.
INSURE PROPER PROTEIN FEEDING FOR THE HEALTH OF THE HERD
Cattle producers, feed company's nutritionists regularly talk about protein and its importance in cattle nutrition. It's been talked about to the point that it is often taken for granted.
MANAGE STRESS IN HERDS TO AVOID ILLNESS
The positive nutritional benefits of beef in our diets are undeniable. So how do we keep producing a safe and satisfying product? We follow Beef Quality Assurance Guidelines. And a major component of the BQA program is managing stress.
ABBA HOLDS SUCCESSFUL MEMBERSHIP CONVENTION
Nearly 150 members of the American Brahman Breeders Association gathered on August 14 - 16, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La., for the Annual Membership Convention, which was held in conjunction with the ABBA Summer Board Meetings.
RANCHERS HEAR KEY FACTORS TO GROWING FORAGE
Ranchers should be mindful of three important components of pasture health when considering restocking beef cattle, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
SOUTHEAST BRANGUS SHOWCASE SALE AVERAGES $3,799
It was a perfect day in Lake City, Florida, where the Southeast Brangus Breeders Association held their annual Showcase Sale on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Columbia Livestock Market.
IT'S THE PITTS -- LONG LIVE THE COW
Some market reports show bred heifers selling for $2,700 and young pairs fetching $3,300. And these are commercial cattle! I remember when a whole Gooseneck load of them wouldn't bring that!
WITH MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
In the last part of this series we began a discussion on the various factors that influence costs.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- SIX DEGREES OF MITIGATION
Myron led Hooter from his office the way they'd arrived. At least it seemed the same way: through a number of doors, up and down stairs until he arrived back at the black limousine that would return him to Vernon.
ADVANCING THE BREED BRAFORD SALE HELD
An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, La., for the recent Advancing the Braford Breed 4 Sale.
MARTIN FARM'S OPEN HOUSE SALE AVERAGES $3,000
A large crowd was on hand September 27th in Lyles, Tennessee for Martin Farms' Open House at the Farm.
BLACK INK -- FIXER UPPERS
I got my start with other people's cull cows, just a bid or two above the hamburger market which was not so dear back then.
IT'S THE PITTS -- ROAD RAGE
The clean-cut boys and girls in their blue and gold FFA jackets make me so proud to be a former member.
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Business professionals and LinkedIn
by Hook (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:09:39 GMT)
LinkedIn is too clunky to use on a mobile device. I have any account but never do anything with it. I'm about tired of the email notifications from them about so and so adding new profiles or information etc. I don't care
milk proteins and fats and rate of gain in calves
by WalnutCrest (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:08:52 GMT)
Son of Butch wrote:WalnutCrest wrote:My little theory (that I've so far not been able to back up) is that the genotypes that result in the best cheese production would be related to the genotypes that would result in the best rates of gain in calves.
I believe your theory is correct.
Milk replacer studies have shown rapid early growth when feeding higher levels of fat and protein.
The best cheese production comes from breeds with the highest milk fats and proteins.
However calves from intensive milk replacer feeding programs lost their early gains advantage after entering the feedlot
and there was no significant difference in feedlot performance for finishing weights or carcass evaluations at slaughter.
But, dairy heifers from intensive milk replacer feeding programs showed a slight increase in 1st lactation milk production
over their contemporaries.
If you have a link to that research, I'd live to see it.
Crtitique my heifer
by Taurus (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:57:08 GMT)
If I do live in the south, this heifer will be in my herd as a commercial cow. You would like the calves out of her and Hereford bull.
3waycross is correct about southern balancer.
Facebook, How many are on it?
by slick4591 (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:52:11 GMT)
Thanks. I guess I'll stop looking now because it's been driving me nuts.
What are you eating today?
by 3waycross (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:47:38 GMT)
Hook wrote:Is it bad that i ate a 20 oz sirloin,a baked potato, and now a chili dog?
You need to go to confession after that meal. I am certain that you broke at least 3 commandments.
by Nesikep (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:46:02 GMT)
My friend who does the painting says you get a really bad ridge from the tape line.. both underneath the pinstripe at the 2 tone joint, and on the edges.. and trust me, freehand would not be my thing!
3M does have something acceptably close, but there's none available anywhere.
Going to start looking at boat shops for it too
Wife said "lets redecorate"....I said, I have ideas...
by 3waycross (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:44:24 GMT)
GB I for one am highly impressed with your sense of space and the appropriate use of color.
by CottageFarm (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:11:55 GMT)
Yeah, it's a real news flash that there are predatory men in positions of power willing to take advantage of an ambitious young (and sometimes not so young) woman. My Mom taught me that one at a pretty early age. I just figured everyone else's did too.
On the other hand, it angers me just as much that there are so many cowardly women out there who's apparent response to someone they deem such an evil monster, is silence.... For a couple of decades or more, silence (or even worse, paid silence!). They were apparently more concerned with their own aspirations than feeling they had some obligation to shout it from the rooftops in order to protect others.
I don't know what the whole truth is about these allegations. While I do believe there is some truth to at least some of them, I don't believe they were totally unwilling participants.
And I detest the perpetual victim mentality that these women project. They chose not to do something about it when it happened, and now jump on a bandwagon after decades have past!
They've shown no honor in all of this either.
Just checking in . . . .
by CottageFarm (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:24:01 GMT)
Happy Thanksgiving Kathie
Sounds like things are rolling fairly smooth for you
Feeding Silage and Hay
by Cheak (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:21:50 GMT)
My family has farmed beef cattle for several generations. They have always fed hay only for winter feed rations. I like the idea of corn silage because of the ability to produce more pounds of feed per acre. My question is does anyone feed predominantly corn silage with just a small amount of hay over winter? My idea would be to feed around 25-30 lbs of silage daily with around 10 lbs good quality grass hay....but I may be way off??? Any experience/opinions on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
"I told him he shoulda come to Florida State": J.W.
by shaneb (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:19:51 GMT)
Dang M5, it didnt take much to get you all stirred up on this topic. I know in the past it has happened in the SEC and will happen again.
by bigbull338 (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:14:22 GMT)
a neghbor loaded us his big holstine bull to breed our cows.he just tied him out in the pasture on a big long leadline.dad got tired of untangling the bull and just turned him loose to run with the cows.
High cattle prices affecting hay pricing
by bigbull338 (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:03:43 GMT)
thats for 2 reasons.1 horse people dont care what they have to give for horse hay.2 CA is in their 1st drought in state history.
Wondering about hydro- stat transmissions for farm tractor
by bigbull338 (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:58:53 GMT)
dun thats what the cruise control is for when you dont want to hold it down all the time.
Kawasaki mule 550??
by dun (Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:44:15 GMT)
He had a heavily used 550 that after about 10 years it got to the point that I had to have the starter rebuilt once a year