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 -- YES, THERE'S A SANTA CLAUS
Twas' the night before Christmas and the family was en-route to grandma's house. As they motored through the intersection of a small sleepy town the ill mannered child in the back seat yelled into his father's ear, "It's him, it's him, it's Santa Claus."
PROPER PROTEIN FEEDING IMPORTANT IN BEEF CATTLE
In the last issue we began a series taking another, new, look at protein and its very important role as a nutrient in cattle diets. Protein is an extremely important part of the breeding program for both cows and bulls as well as growing and developing calves.
COYOTES ARE WILY PREDATORS AND PESTS
Before 1965, coyotes did not live in southern states east of the Mississippi River.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- BLESSED BE THE WORKERS
If it wasn't risking life and limb to string Aunt Pinky's ancient, endless strings of Christmas lights, it was canvassing the country for a camel to round out the Christmas pageant.
TJB GELBVIEH BULL SALE AVERAGES $4,375 ON 32 LOTS
TJB Gelbvieh extended their traditional warm southern hospitality on an unusually cold and windy November day in Chickamauga, Ga.
CIRCLE A ANGUS HOSTS 8TH ANNUAL FALL BULL SALE
Circle A Angus Ranch, headquartered in Iberia, Mo., was proud to host their 8th Annual Fall Bull & Heifer sale offering 323 head sold on October 18.
BLACK INK -- PROFIT STRINGS ATTACHED
Most cattle feeders are pretty shrewd businessmen and women.
DEMAND CONTINUES TO BUILD AT MILLER BRANGUS SALE
Wonderful fall weather and abundant sunshine greeted the largest crowd of recent sales at Miller Brangus in Waynesboro, Tennessee.
WILD HOGS ARE MORE THAN A NUISANCE
Wild hogs are a nuisance and potential danger to farmers and landowners throughout the United States.
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.
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The better investement?
by herofan (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:01:29 GMT)
My situation is this:
I am making payments on a truck i bought over the summer, but other than that, I have no debt; I'm not paying on anything farm related. I will be able to retire in about 8 years, and i will get retirement from work. It's an account that pays for the rest of one's life. there are a few that are over 100 and still drawing retirement from it.
I also have a few bucks in the bank in just a regular savings account, which I add to each month; it's probably around $30,000, which is paying practically nothing in interest, but i have no illusions that it is. Years ago, I was always satisfied with bank CDs, but they are nothing now.
I was never one to invest in the stock market; I guess i just didn't grow up in that crowd and never got into it; however, some people act as though a person has cracked up if they don't have some invested in stocks.
by Kingfisher (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:25:45 GMT)
Black and Good wrote:polledbull wrote:hog slats are very popular in NC , and you can stock pile them when you find some ,I bought several hundred once for a song , used them for years and have finally bout used them all up. you will have a muddy area around the edge of any cement pad, unless it is mighty big, and well drained .
Polled, what is a hog slat? B&G
Google is your friend.....they look like a big wooden pallet made from concrete.
F550 vs. Dodge 5500
by B&M Farms (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:24:56 GMT)
We use quite a few Ram 5500's at work moving equipment. I will say a 3500 will out pull them and the only reason I can think is they are detuned or just weigh that much more. They do have heavy brakes and suspensions and seem to hold up well enough considering just about every mile is loaded.
Texas requires a CDL pulling a trailer with a truck capable of hauling a gvwr of over 26,001 lbs. unless its used solely for farming and within 150 miles of said farm. A 3500 with a tandem duel trailer connected to it would fall in the same category. Most states probably have similar rules.
Cow repeatedly cycling.
by angus9259 (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:20:02 GMT)
Bull is out doing ai cleanup now. She came in heat natural in October then seemed to skip a cycle so I luted her then ai'd her when she stood again the end of November. The bull was trying to mount her 21 days later so I figured I just missed her with the ai. several days later all the bull calves in the field are trying to mount her. a week later the big bull is trying to mount her again. preg checking will be end of this week. it looks like i only had a couple miss ai and the cleanup bull seems to have caught them but too soon to say for sure. i do plan to preg check the cow that's cycling too just to see but also plan to give her the gnrh while she's in there. I don't plan to lute again till i get the blood results back. i don't suspect nutrition since everyone else seems settled. perhaps the ol girl is just outta whack and is ready to be done. usually they quit cycling altogether when that happens though.
by slick4591 (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:19:58 GMT)
Why did the chicken cross the road
by Alan (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:17:40 GMT)
Angie's blow up was completely missed on my part, I never saw that side of her.
I'll edit to add that I don't know that some had it coming.
Cattle behavior :)
by Cindyjo2006 (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:15:36 GMT)
Thank you all SO MUCH. She has never gotten away from me ever. Her being a miniature she doesnt even reach my waist and she may try but I have been strong enough to not let go. I will then reprimand her with a short yank on the lead rope and a stern no. But then she gives me a cow kiss. I know she will be too big as a pet some day, she will eventually be around 40 inches at the tallest but right now I am trying to teach her to lead walk without getting jumpy. She is still a baby at 8 months old. I will be doing everything you all have mentioned here. You are a wealth of knowledge. My neighbor across the field has 200 head of cattle and he told me the same thing when I first got her. Remember Cindy, she will be bigger someday, she may accidentally hurt you and not mean to!
Cutting bull calfs
by kenny thomas (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:10:55 GMT)
Red Bull Breeder wrote:Cut the bottom of the sack off and pull them out. All that extra is just a waste of time.
You are correct, but it is hard to stop old ways of doing things. It takes me maybe 1 1/2 minutes verses 1 minute to just pull them out.
I even band a few lately and slit the bottom of the sac and let the nuts hang. They probably done better that the other ways but I still didnt like the looks of them hanging down for several days.
I could see this being useful
by greybeard (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:43:45 GMT)
There's a place near Conroe that sells and installs them too--I haven't looked in to them and probably won't.
Not as long as the ones in Hook's link--just something for a small family to weather out a week or so underground.
The bomb shelters of the 60s were not very big either, and had a hand operated fan that brought in filtered air from topside and forced out "old" air at the same time thru displacement --it sure wasn't anything fancy back then.
THIS IS A CONELRAD ALERT!! Please tune your radio to 640 or 1240 on your dial and stand by.
by Nesikep (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:42:42 GMT)
It's something that's starts in high school.. you volunteer for a good cause, not because you want to help.. but because you need something on your resume. Newspapers love this, they can fill pages of how good people are and everyone goes home a winner.
Wineries, and now breweries are the same.. touting a few solar panels on their roof and some expensive (read: tax writeoff) gizmo or whatever is going to save the world.. their beers usually taste like yeast.. I'll stick to Old Milkwaukee
The farms are really catching up fast. That Sumas mountain farm actually does things in a way I like.. but they do spread a lot of disinformation about the rest.
I haven't looked too closely at the breed associations, I could see a exaggerations from them and skewed gain numbers by feeding them more than the average producer ever will, but they haven't achieved the level of BS the wineries and these farms have... not even close.
Using cystorelin on cows with flat ovaries
by rlpeery (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:42:29 GMT)
We have come cows that the vet says have flat ovaries. The vet suggested we give them each a shot of cystorelin. How long does it take before the cows come in heat? Should we follow up with another round of shots after a certain amount of time? Or follow up with another type of medicine?
It seems every topic is talked about here ,so here I go
by James T (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:39:31 GMT)
greybeard wrote:I'm kinda like /\.
Met my current wife when I was 42 and she was 28--that was 20 years ago. I had 3 teenage kids, and one 20 yr old daughter.
None of us seem any worse for the wear today. No one gave any of us any grief over it and it has worked out fine from my point of view, tho I will admit I was kinda glad when she slowed down after the first few years--had me wore down to a frazzle most days..
My first wife (mother of my children) was 1 yr older than me, and she was pretty much a total disaster-we split up after 10 years and she died from drug abuse about 6 years ago. I raised the kids alone till I met current wife.
It's no different than any other serious relationship--it just takes some work from both sides.
You got that right GB!
State bull test--what's the main point?
by Jogeephus (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:17:32 GMT)
I think the main point a bull test is to give you a guide to what the animal is capable of doing. But I don't think it always gives you a direct relationship between how it does on poorer diets but it can be useful all the same. Personally, I don't really care to know all this myself since I do not push my calves because I've yet to figure out how to get a cow to produce more than one calf per year. With that in mind, I'm less concerned how long it takes to raise the calf to a salable weight and more concerned in amount of money if costs me to get it there. But I have pushed them before and was pleased with the results of how these bull test numbers translated to the calves its just I wasn't impressed with my net profit when they were sold. If I were selling replacements with papers then all this would surely change the equation.
Ranch Hand bumpers and running boards.
by MudHog (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:15:40 GMT)
Ranchhand never was very appealing. South Texas Outfitters to me had a much better bumper.
by Black and Good (Posted Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:58:35 GMT)
Nice heifer Ron! Congrats. I wonder if KS is doing a program such as this? B&G