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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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LITTLE W CHAROLAIS HOLDS PRODUCTION SALE
Little W Charolais held their 6th annual production sale on March 26, 2016 at the farm in Lebanon, Tenn.
EGYPTIAN VET STUDIES AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
New research techniques learned at Mississippi State University through a scholar exchange program will help a cattle veterinarian from Egypt as she pursues a doctoral education in food safety.
DEER ANTLERS MAY HOLD HEALTH SECRETS
Each spring the woods are littered with antlers as deer shed their old racks to make way for new sets, and these “sheds” may reveal hidden health problems in the bucks that drop them.
CLEMSON EXTENSION OFFERS CATTLEMEN'S BOOT CAMP
Gaven and April Hammett want to expand their cattle operation and are looking to Clemson University for the information they need.
EARLY SPRING CAN BE A CHALLENGING NUTRITIONAL TIME FOR SPRING CALVING
Late winter and early spring is the most challenging time of the year for the nutrition of the spring-calving beef cows.
SALACOA VALLEY FARM'S SALE HELD MARCH 24TH
Balmy spring weather and multidimensional cattle were on hand for the Salacoa Valley Farm Customer Appreciation Sale.
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE TRIPLICATE THEORY
Have you ever noticed how bad luck always travels in threes? I'm warning you, if the cows get out on the road and then the water well goes dry I'd stay in the house, pull your shades and not answer the phone if I were you. Be very, very careful.
LAMENESS IN CATTLE CAN BE A SERIOUS ECONOMIC PROBLEM
Lameness in cattle can be a serious production and economic problem. There are many causes for lameness. It is important that the problem be diagnosed correctly and treated quickly to minimize economic losses. While small injuries to feet and hooves are common, if allowed to progress the losses can become extensive.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- POLLING FOR DOLLARS
“It ain't the candidates you have to worry about, boys, it's the folks voting for them,” Peetie Womack said, while members of the Rio Rojo Cattlemen's Association (RRCA) were chatting ahead of the previous month's popular basketball pool and calcutta. It was the organization's main fundraiser each year.
BEEF MUST DIFFERENTIATE AND KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES
A lot can change in half a century. A lot can stay the same.
TAKE STEPS TO BE PREPARED FOR RETIREMENT
It might be hard to believe, but you're not going to farm forever. Are you ready for retirement? There are steps you should take to ensure you're able to live the life you desire once it's time to pass the management reins to the next generation.
KNOWING WHAT YOU HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT YOU NEED -- PART 4
Over the last few weeks in Parts 1-3 of this series we have been discussing the variety of conditions and factors that can and need to be analyzed on a cattle operation. This is in an effort to understand existing conditions and determine how to best address ways to improve performance. Similarly, there are many opportunities to analyze performance or animal conditions to determine the effectiveness of management and nutritional decisions on the animal. And while there are many opportunities to evaluate animal performance and health we will focus on the primary tools here.
IT'S THE PITTS -- I W-W-WASN'T AFRAID
We take a lot of things for granted in the cattle business, like a squeeze chute and a wife that both work, a dog that sleeps at your feet and a horse that doesn't.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- REPUTATION MATTERS WITH ADDED VALUE, TOO
You can buy a Chevrolet pickup—or whatever your favorite breed happens to be—lots of different places. If you continue going back to the same source, it's likely because of the dependability of the product, how well you're treated and your perceived value of the transaction. All of those things that contribute to a dealer's reputation.
IMPORTANT TO PREPARE REPLACEMENTS FOR BREEDING
Replacement heifers should be bred at 15 months of age in order to calve for the first time as a two-year-old so that they can be a contributing (and profitable) part of our cowherd.

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Clover hay
by Jogeephus (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 11:22:41 GMT+5)
Was wondering how much clover seed would be in a bale of clover hay. Just finished rolling most of the clover and ended up averaging 3 rolls/acre. Have heard clover will yield between 100-300 lbs per acre of cleaned seed so I was wondering if the seed value in the hay might be worth more than the feed value. Any thoughts?



Burn out
by callmefence (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 11:20:05 GMT+5)
M-5 wrote:When I die I will let all of you know. There are several I'm gonna visit Personally when I'm gone.

I wish you'd come cook me some mullet. No matter how much I try it still taste like bait..



Cinco de Mayo
by cowboy43 (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 11:12:18 GMT+5)
This week Cinco De Mayo will be celebrated all over the USA, I wonder how many know what they are celebrating ?



Tine to dry out those fields and pastures
by Jogeephus (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 11:11:58 GMT+5)
Can't hurt.



fence tips and tricks
by Bigfoot (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 11:01:55 GMT+5)
I had a hefty tornado come through 10 years ago. If I'm not mistaken, I lost 54 gates in that storm. It made me real conscious about what I spend on little things. The little things add up. I haven't counted my gates, but I bet I have more than 54 now. I stick those anywhere I'm not in and out a lot.



Autograph
by Bigfoot (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 10:51:41 GMT+5)
This was a snubnosed pistol.



Electric fencing questions
by M-5 (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 10:51:08 GMT+5)
You can get these most anywhere and they are very handy In line and I have used them on corners

https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.htm ... gQodb-YG2g



More on rotational grazing
by aaroninga (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 10:48:30 GMT+5)
jallen wrote:Does anyone leave poly tape up semi permanently? The only way for me to provide water and shade for my cattle is to fence all the way accross my pasture. That means each section of tape is 275 yds long and doing it in widths around 25 yards which gives me roughly an acre. I move them by myself and it's takes a be nice of a long time to move sections that length. I'm tempted to set some wood posts this weekend and make these sections permanent. It's either do that or make 4 big blocks and let them have at it. I do t have the time to deal with moving long sections by myself anymore. It's at least an hour and usually more to set fences this length and doing that daily with a regular job and dogs to train is just too flippin much.

Yes, I use the yellow poly rope with 6 wires and t posts semi permanent.
I leave it all up, use the insulated handles at t posts and move them by dropping it down and calling them through. To leave an opening to and from each section so they can get to woods and water I pull the handle back to the other side and hook it in a loop I tied in the wire rope while putting it up.
I did it all semi permanent so I'm not restringing it every time it's time to rotate. I just use single strand.
My grazing pasture is narrow and deep. All my openings are on one side along the woods.
I still work full time and it makes a big difference that I can move them in a few minutes.
Hope that helps some....



Priefert head gate pics for Bigfoot
by talltimber (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 10:42:17 GMT+5)
Mine is the auto catch but I'm not smart enough to figure out how to set it, I guess. I have a lever and some holes in a piece of flat stock but doesn't look like much of a design. I would use it if I trusted it, but when I am alone, I don't want to take the chance of turning something out that I managed to get up by myself. Is anyone actually using this auto catch feature on this unit with success?



Angus x
by CJC (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 10:31:55 GMT+5)
I bred my Pure Bred Black Angus Heifer to a Red Short Horn. Calf is black. The other calves out of that bull all came out red but I bred them to other Short Horns and Herefords. The Black Angus always seems to put out Black calves when we have bred them. But I am always curious to see what it will look like!



best place to buy dairy farm
by TexasBred (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 10:16:30 GMT+5)
cbcr wrote:The primary reason that some were unhappy with the results, is they did not give it a fair trial. They used the bulls on lower end cows and occasionally on some of the higher producers when they couldn't get them bred. They set themselves up for failure and then want to criticize the outcome. But the surprising thing is some of the resulting offspring produced quite well.

There have been study's don that show that crossbred animals can and are more profitable than Holsteins.

The Holstein that produced the 75K of milk was pampered and cared for special. The Montbeliarde cow was not.

Dead cows are not profitable! Dead calves are not profitable! Vet bills are not cheap either!!

To many people, they are so set in their ways and opinions that anything other than a Holstein is not a milk cow!

Crossbreeding is not for everyone, especially when they want to try and prove it is a failure and then criticize it.



And you know all this to be fact even though you probably have no idea who my fellow dairymen were that tried this for years and it did not work.....And apparently neither are full blood "anything" for everyone according to you.



Spring vs fall calving and why???
by littletom (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 10:06:37 GMT+5)
Spring for me for several reasons. In the fall I am wide open with tobacco, we start stripping with in a week of when we finish cutting. I can not check them well enough to suit me in the fall. For me I can wean better calves off grass than I can hay. Use less hay for dry cows than pairs. I don't there is a right or wrong just what fits each person better.



Chicken plucker
by skyhightree1 (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 10:00:52 GMT+5)
I also see some other pluckers made from drills with a 4 inch pvc pipe with fingers that folks are using on youtube



why are herefords so thin compared to "old time" cattle
by WichitaLineMan (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 09:57:44 GMT+5)
dun wrote:WichitaLineMan wrote:dun wrote:The change in cattle comes from.... what the packers want.

Tail wagging the dog?
Could be put that way. I prefer to think it's adjusting to providing what the consumer wants.

That would be fine if it were 'the CONSUMER'....but actually it is just a MIDDLEMAN with a BIG STICK....the CONSUMER is much like us adjusting (buying) what the MIDDLEMAN can make the most money on........

That being said, "it is what it is" and my little opinion isn't changing it......



Grass ain't growing right
by jallen (Posted Tue, 03 May 2016 09:56:44 GMT+5)
Mine is starting to get going. I started rotating beginning of April and I'm starting to get to the point that I can get 24 hours out of an acre. It was a slow go to begin. I'd need 3 acres at a time to graze for 24 hours, now I'm getting a full two weeks between grazings and hopefully by the end of May I'll be at around 20 days between grazings. My blocks that haven't grazed in 10-12 days are 6 inches high and showing some promise at least.




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