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cowgirl8 question for you.
by skyhightree1 (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:48:34 GMT)
Before this thread gets started good... I want to remind everyone... We are always wrong and fools and CG8 is always right and knows everything.

What is this weed, and what kills it?
by Bigfoot (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:44:41 GMT)
I also should add, I didn't read the label. Yea, I'm that guy. I mixed it in a gallon bucket with about a half gallon water. The. I mixed that in 5 gallon bucket with about 3 gallons of water in it. Then I poured that in my sprayer. That's my standard operating procedure for granular herbecide. I bet I screwed that up?????

Neighbor gets by with a lot
by Bigfoot (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:32:48 GMT)
World is full of people like that. Sounds like they are homozygous ignorant. Don't let your kids marry their kids. All your grandchildren will be ignorant as well.

Hand feeding a bull - tips?
by ricebeltrancher (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:26:32 GMT)
Ozhorse wrote:Don McCallum wrote:Big bales of hay $250 and feed $25, how big are these? If this is not a typo, how can you people stay in business? Am I
reading this wrong?

Nope, not reading it wrong and that is a very good question and one which has been much on my mind.
The bales are large squares, the biggest ones, about 8ft long. Pellets 20 kg = 44 lb = $25.

It really annoys me that you guys get more than double per kg or pound for exactly the same genetics (eg angus, that bull I am trying to feed, his sire is from USA, his dam side is all USA blood) and that is on a bad market your end. What is wrong with the cattle market in Australia? and particularly in this district?

I hit a bad calf sale in end March. I sold 105 angus calves 6 to 8 months of, not top condition, but quite decent and averaged $300.
Forced to sell one deck (25) 7 yr old cows last week on point of calving, around 500 kg, 1100 lb at $450. More usual price $600; good market $800.

The price of the hay does not include freight for 150 km round trip to get it home. Diesel is $1.60/litre, roughly $6/gallon; say about half that cost government tax. The cost of diesel cranks up the cost of everything except the end product.

Sounds like what we were dealing with in 2011 when we had such a terrible drought. Input costs through the roof, no grass, everyone having to sell, and cattle prices pretty darn low. The sale barns were going until 4 in the morning and they were having to send cattle home. Not rock bottom, but pretty close impo. And of course, the government wasn't helping by trying to cram NAIS down our throats and creating false demand for corn by mandating ethanol use. Among many other things.

Generally, though, we get better prices over here because we have put so much money and time into marketing, and have the quality of product to back it up (CAB, USDA quality grades, etc..). Nearly all of our Prime beef goes overseas, and the vast majority of our cattle are finished in feedlots on domestic grain. Also, our export market is only getting bigger, which makes a big difference. If what they taught us in college is still accurate, the vast majority of Australian beef is finished on grass/forage, which is less desirable for most people that are looking for an "enjoyable eating experience." South America is in the same boat, as nearly all of their cattle are finished on grass. For things to change, Australia just needs to convince the world that their product is better. They'll have their work cut out for them though...we are pretty good at what we do!

Alum Trailers
by SIMP221 (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:24:55 GMT)

market options- questions
by Banker729 (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:22:47 GMT)
It was approximately 89% coverage at $2.40, hence the coverage price of $2.135/lb. The cost was 1.3 cents per pound. So at the end of the day, the price protection is at $2.12/lb. A buddy of mine just bought a 92% policy at $2.40 which gave a coverage price of $2.22 for 1.8 cents per pound. Yes I agree, it is a cheap put, that is why i bought it... [/quote]

That one is a winner[/quote]

Either one of those LRP policies would help a guy sleep at night. This market is too hot to take a chance at missing out on what may be once in a lifetime prices... I ran into an economist the other night and we got to talking about the big picture of the world and national economy; that was a conversation I wish I wouldn't have had. Haha.

How my calves grow 2014
by Taurus (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:12:32 GMT)
cowgirl8 wrote:Taurus wrote:That guy with 8 Char bulls knows what kind of bulls to use on his rainbow herd. Char X calves are hard to be beat at most sale barns and the buyers will know that they are Char X. I believe that Charolais are better choice for someone with rainbow herd or with longhorns/corriente herd because most charolais will knock off spots almost every time. Charolais are used lot on black baldy cows and F1 tiger stripe cows for terminal calves.
I dont want char calves, i want black and black w/f.
Yes a Hereford bull on homozygous black cows will work very well. But on heterozygous black cows, it's a crap shoot as you don't know if the calf will be a black or red baldy.

Explanations from you
by cowgirl8 (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:09:43 GMT)
Taurus wrote:cowgirl8 wrote:Chuckie wrote:Do you sell one calf at a time when it goes through the sale barn or when a buyer comes in?
Are you not familiar with how sale barns work?
You have to remembered that not every sale barn runs singles or pairs. I sell our calves as a group at one of our sale barns. Bigger group, more $$$. But if there was an odd calf or a horned or an intact bull calf in that group, they might sort it out of that group and sell it as a single. I don't do well on singles as they bring less money for me.
every sale barn around us, unless its a special sale, do groups and singles. Mostly singles though. You can make a group and sell the group by the pound. I know some who do that. It has its pluses and it has its minuses.

healed castration pictures please
by cowgirl8 (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:57:55 GMT)
I'm truly curious.. If anyone has more time than they know to do with like me..lol.....I'd really like to see a picture of a cut calf, different ages would be great too. Like a calf cut in the first month and is now over 5 months of age.
Here are calves that were banded at different ages. The first is our youngest calf. He was banded at around a month old..
It was hard as heck to get this picture..He was not cooperating...

Here is one we banded at 4 months. Its been about a month since we banded and 99% of the testicles have fallen off. i saw a couple today when i was trying to get a picture..

Both have fat bubbles around the site. Some have more than others. The younger one banded has more hanging down.

Ricebelt, i know many who dont cut either. It almost make sense to not because you dont get docked that much and the calf grows bigger. One year we didnt cut because it just wouldnt quit raining....Those calves got so big, it was amazing...but, we did have to deal with them all being bulls...

Earnest p
by Chuckie (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:53:25 GMT)
I loved Jim Varney. I just hated it that he died. He was a chain smoker and it caught up with him. You see people smoking up into their 80's and then he only made it to 51. He was so funny. Good clip ALACOWMAN.

Calving 2014 souvenirs Dubuc Charolais
by Dubcharo (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:37:08 GMT)
Expo St-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Dubuc Charolais grand champion female

Show your bull(s) - Put a pic up
by Chuckie (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:31:19 GMT)
3Way, He has been giving you some great muscled calves. That young bull already has some drumsticks growing on his front legs and his muscles are full and tie in great down to his hocks to be so young. Nice!

Help! Need Advice On Overdue Cow
by dun (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:30:39 GMT)
boondocks wrote:Any truth to the old wives tale that if it's late it's more likely a bull calf?
It's a 50:50 shot!

Why was this thread locked?
by JWBrahman (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:15:12 GMT)
I stand corrected, these kids should be sent to handle the Taliban. Please pray for Cristopher Scott Brumfield. I went to High School with him and he had only the best of intentions by accepting a teaching position in the New Orleans Recovery School District. He did not ask for his former students to beat him with clubs on a busy city street.
http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/201 ... rt_m-rpt-2

Christopher Brumfield, 43, said he was brutally assaulted Saturday evening (July 26) in the St. Roch neighborhood by a dozen teenagers, at least one of whom he recognized from his time teaching art at the youth's school. He said he escaped by crawling into oncoming traffic on North Claiborne Avenue.

The incident was not listed in the police department's major incident log Sunday (July 27). New Orleans Police spokeswoman Hilal Williams said a team was dispatched to St. Roch and North Claiborne avenues Saturday night but had not verified the incident because they were unable to reach Brumfield at several callback numbers or at his home.

On Sunday, an assault in the neighborhood, at Music and Urquhart streets, happened about 9:45 p.m. Patrons in a nearby bar said a young man attacked another man. Police said he was beaten and taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

Brumfield, an artist, said he used to teach at several New Orleans public schools run by the Recovery School District. A child from Drew Elementary was among the boys and girls who were sitting on a bench on the St. Roch Avenue neutral ground shortly after 9 p.m. as Brumfield passed the St. Roch Cemetery and walked toward the Marigny - "the same route I've walked a hundred times," he said.

A few hours before Brumfield was attacked, an anti-violence march passed that location, according to a report on FOX 8.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, bikers rolled down the recently repaved stretch of St. Roch Avenue. The neutral ground served as a convenient walking path. And neighbors sat on their porches, chatting.

It was a marked contrast to what Brumfield said he saw on Saturday night.

Sounding ragged and weary Sunday morning, Brumfield told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune he saw the youths sitting on the new benches on the neutral ground, holding wooden and metal clubs.

"I saw what was going to happen, and I ran," Brumfield said. "But they had me on the ground before I could get there. They ripped my pants down. They stomped on my feet while I was trying to get away."

He fought back, wielding his house keys. But it didn't help. "They kept dragging me back - into the dark. I thought they were going to kill me," he said. "It was like they had a plan, and I just happened to be the person who walked up. . . . It's the closest thing I've ever felt to true evil."

At one point, he locked eyes with the boy he recognized from now-closed Drew Elementary. "He looked me straight in the eye, and there was nothing there," he said.

One neighbor complained Sunday that altough the neutral ground had been recently renovated, the lights along the path from St. Roch Park to St. Claude Avenue had been "out for weeks."

Brumfield said he was rescued when he crawled into traffic on North Claiborne Avenue. A woman stopped her car and helped him up; a man called 911 and waited with him for an ambulance.

Brumfield said he didn't remember seeing the police or being interviewed. The teenagers stole his phone but not his wallet, he said.

A spokeswoman for New Orleans EMS said she did not have access Sunday to information about calls for service.

The long night wasn't over. Brumfield said he sat in the St. Bernard Parish Hospital's waiting room for hours, in tears, before being X-rayed.

Michele Braud, a friend, said she arrived at the hospital after 1 a.m. to find Brumfield spattered with blood and vomit, his feet bandaged but raw and his broken ribs hurting every time he coughed. Braud said police had not arrived at the hospital to interview Brumfield by the time they left.

Brumfield and Braud returned to the intersection and found Brumfield's keys in the bushes. Braud and another friend drove him to his house to get a few things and then drove him to his mother's house in Baton Rouge, where he was recovering Sunday.

Nurses told Braud the paramedics found Brumfield's shoes, pants and hat, she said.

Brumfield was not the first to be beaten at random by the group of teens.

On July 21, a group of teens attacked a man who frequents the nearby St. Roch Tavern as he rode his bicycle down the St. Roch Avenue neutral ground near North Villere Street, tavern manager Martha Wood said.

Wood, who is a friend of that man, said he was riding alone when he was struck from behind. Three to five teens then beat the man, she said, before running off with his bike and backpack.

Brumfield said he plans to go to the 5th District police station Monday (July 28) to look through photographs and try to identify his assailants.

"People need to know what's happening," he said.

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Chris Grillot contributed to this report.

no calfs this yr
by r.lee (Posted Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:06:19 GMT)
I am over in highlands county. We are having the same problem over here..calves are coming late. Have 7 calves now..should have 15! All rancher/neighbors around having same problem. Like you..we do not know why.

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